It was the dress to beat all dresses.

When the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out to announce her engagement to Prince William back in 2011, the fashion world went crazy for her royal blue Issa dress.

The flattering, silk wrap dress perfectly complimented Catherine’s gorgeous engagement ring – and it promptly sold out around the world.

But while Kate’s pick was certainly stylish, it was way out of most of our budgets.

That is however, until House of Fraser bought the brand Issa – and re-designed the dress for a far less expensive price.

House of Fraser created the Issa Darcy Pleat detail dress – which looks remarkably similar to the Duchess’ original design. Fashion fans went crazy for the item when it was first released, and was available for the much-reduced price of £99.

And now, the designing team have brought out two new versions of the dress – in some Spring colours that are perfect for the warmer months.

The brand has released the dress in a gorgeous new orange colour. With the same tie waist detailing and plunging necklace, it’s super similar to Kate’s original – and would be ideal for all of those upcoming summer events!


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Given the lighter, more playful colour, this dress could be easily accessorised with some flattering white heels and chunky white and orange jewellery. Or, keep it simple like Kate, and add an elegant necklace and some black heels.

Buy Kate’s Issa engagement dress, £69.30, here

But the best part? While the dresses were originally on sale for £99, they’ve now been reduced to just £69.30, for both dresses! So what better time to pick one up for yourself?

And if that weren’t enough, House of Fraser have also launched yellow version of their popular Issa Darcy dress too – which will make for the ideal summer shade.  The brand have put a slight twist on the style of this new yellow frock, aptly naming it the Issa Katie Tie Dress. It’s bow detailing makes it slightly difference to the original, but also ensures a more relaxed look. Perfect for all of those upcoming summer parties/weddings!

The Issa Katie Tie Wrap dress is currently on sale at the reduced price of £79.20, down from £99. We can’t wait to get our hands on it!

Buy Issa Katie Tie Wrap dress, £79.20, here

House of Fraser have also whipped up another very similar version of the engagement dress for their Issa range too. The Kate Tie Wrap dress, at £99, is a more formal version of the famous look, with a straight, pencil-skirt design.

Buy Kate Tie Wrap dress here, for £99

However, it too is perfect for any elegant occassion you may have – be it a date night dinner or a formal work party. The wrap dress is available in orange, purple, black, and, of course, the royal blue colour seen on Kate.

So will you be purchasing any of the stunning selection? Race you to the checkouts!