What, this old thing? Why Meghan smaaks secondhand

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What, this old thing? Why Meghan smaaks secondhand

This is how A-listers learned to love a thrifty steal

Caroline Leaper

If the Duchess of Sussex needs an outfit for an upcoming special occasion, she might ask her friends at Givenchy to whip up something nice, or challenge a young designer, such as Grace Wales Bonner, to take on the career-changing commission. But these days, it seems, she would be just as likely to opt for a new outfit that’s not very new at all.

Meghan’s interest in wearing vintage peaked when she was pregnant, evident in a series of 1960s trapeze-cut coats that elegantly accommodated her changing silhouette. She wore a Courrèges couture style in matelassé silk (circa 1965) for her baby shower in New York, and a satin Dior couture coat (by Marc Bohan in the 1960s) for Lena Tindall’s spring christening.

Meghan, like several other high-profile clients, finds her fashion rarities at William Vintage, the London emporium founded by the industry’s proclaimed “king of vintage” William Banks-Blaney in 2010. She might have met him through her friend Amal Clooney – the human rights lawyer is a loyal client and will wear, say, a Balenciaga wool day dress from 1958 for an important presentation at the UN, or a glamorous 2007 Jean-Louis Scherrer cape dress for a reception at Buckingham Palace...

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