"Classic clothing never goes out of fashion," children's wear designer Rachel Riley tells PEOPLE
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“Classic clothing never goes out of fashion,” Kate’s favorite children’s wear designer, Rachel Riley, tells PEOPLE, explaining: “When they look back at Charlotte’s christening photos, there is a nod to traditional children’s clothing which will still be relevant even when he gets married or is crowned king.”
Riley says Kate’s affection for her designs – the royal mum, 33, has purchased seven pieces in total – is no accident. “I have lots of books about royal childhood,” she shares, “and I have always been very interested in seeing what they wore when they were little, the classic prams, the toys that they had, I’m interested in all of it.”
And with the official christening portraits released on Thursday, Riley was thrilled to see her design feature prominently in such a historical moment.
“The pictures are gorgeous, says the designer, noting of the 2-year-old future king, “George looks so lovely and he fits right in – everyone looks very formal, because it’s an official portrait of four generations of royalty.
As for that $189 smocked set, which is based on a traditional “buster suit” from the 1920s and 1930s, it’s completely sold out.
“It sold out within hours,” says Riley. “By the end of that day, all the sizes had gone.” The garment currently has a six-week waiting list.
“I’m just so delighted,” she adds. “I think they looked like such a lovely happy family and it made me very proud to see that they had selected one of our items again.”
For much more from behind the scenes of Princess Charlotte’s christening, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
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