This weekend, Prince William and Kate Middleton met with Sir David Attenborough, the English broadcaster and natural historian, in the gardens of Kensington Palace, following a screening of Attenborough’s upcoming documentary film, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet. Afterwards, Attenborough met the Duke and Duchess’s three children—Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte—and gifted Prince George a giant shark tooth fossil. The tone of the meeting, said the royal couple’s official Instagram page, was very much focused on what they can both do to continue protecting the natural world. And Middleton used her choice of fashion to amplify this message, as her denim dress had a sustainable twist.
For their photos taken together, the Duchess wore a belted denim dress by Gabriela Hearst. Called the Marley dress, it’s a piece from the designer’s pre-fall 2020 collection and is crafted from repurposed denim. Designing pre-fall is generally a more eco-minded process for the designer in general, says Hearst. “Pre-fall is always one of the most sustainable collections that we do, because we work from sketches and swatches,” she said on her website. “We don’t even develop one sample, because we have plenty of preexisting materials.” And it seems that she carried that message through production, as Middleton’s dress being made entirely from up-cycled fabric. In Hearst’s broader fall offering, coats and bags were also made from repurposed Turkish kilim remnants, and knits produced from recycled cashmere yarn. Middleton’s dress was certainly an on-theme outfit choice, given the meeting and documentary event—not to mention a beautiful and smart shopping choice in general.