January 15, 2015 08:03 PM

If anyone knows how to dress a baby bump in style, it’s Princess Kate.

On Thursday, at her first official engagement of 2015, Kate wore British label Madderson London to visit a primary school. The brand may be known for its luxurious, maternity line which launched in 2012; however, Kate, 33, is actually wearing the “Naomi” shift dress from its non-maternity, womenswear collection, which launched just last year. Oh, did we mention she’s six months pregnant?

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The £450 retro-inspired dress which has now sold out (obviously!) is not only made in Britain but the wool itself is made at Hainsworth, one of the most prestigious and oldest textile mills in the UK. The very same wool was used to make Prince William’s wedding suit and the heritage mill clothed the officers at the Battle of Waterloo.

“We’re delighted that Madderson have used our navy doeskin fabric to make Kate’s beautiful dress,” says a spokesperson for the Yorkshire-based mill, which has been producing textiles since 1783. Doeskin has a “lustrous drape, which works exquisitely to complement the contours of the body and the cut of a garment,” the spokesperson adds. The term doeskin originated from the similar appearance and feel of the fabric to the skin of a female deer.


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Although designer Sara Madderson and co-founder Helen Hughes are remaining tight-lipped as to how Kate became a customer, it’s likely no coincidence that Prince William’s cousin Zara Tindall is a fan of the label, having worn their “Coco” black dress whilst heavily pregnant with daughter Mia.

And Kate’s look was well-received at the event. She was given the thumbs up for her fashion sense — by a man in a dress.

Cross-dresser and eccentric potter Grayson Perry, 54, who like Kate is a patron of the charity, told reporters she was, “looking pretty chic for six months,” adding, “It was very appropriate.”

Perry, 54, who won the prestigious Turner prize in 2003, described his own outfit (which he designed himself) as his “lady who lunches” dress.

What do you think of Kate’s latest look? Is her maternity style better this time around? Share your thoughts below.

–Monique Jessen, with reporting by Simon Perry

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