The Over $150K Dress That Caught Prince William’s Attention

Ah love. It’s so in fashion!

Kate Middleton reportedly first caught the eye of her future hubby Prince William at a charity fashion show at St. Andrews University wearing a see-through Charlotte Todd slip  dress that cost only £30 (or roughly $45) to make. Now, according to one auction house, that very same dress could fetch close to $155,000 (or £100,000) following the highly-anticipated nuptials of Middleton and Prince William next year.

Todd, who designed the body-baring dress for her aptly-titled ’Art of Seduction’ show during her studies at the University of the West of England in 2000, admits that the dress has been collecting dust in the back of a closet for years. However, the designer has no intention of parting with it anytime soon.

“The dress is a part of fashion history – the moment William could first have fallen in love with Kate – and that makes me really proud,” she said. “The only person I’d probably give it to is her – maybe in exchange for a wedding invitation. Of course I would love to design her wedding dress too.”

The charming prince was photographed contorting his neck to watch Middleton saunter down the runway in the sheer frock. Following the show, the dress was tucked away in Todd’s mother’s wardrobe, where it has remained for eight years.

Todd takes some credit, proposing her sheer creation may have even sparked the love connection between Middleton and William.

“If it hadn’t been see-through, William might not have noticed her,” says Todd. “I definitely think it has a played a part in the royal love story.”