After the show the dress was returned to Miss Todd, who packed it away in her mother’s wardrobe where it has remained ever since.
Miss Todd, from Bedminster, Bristol, said: ‘Kate was a great clothes horse to show off my design.
‘If it hadn’t been see-through, William might not have noticed her.
I definitely think it has a played a part in the royal love story.
‘She looked fabulous and I think she could become a style icon like Princess Diana.
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.’ Miss Todd made the black and gold dress while studying fashion and textiles at the University of the West of England in 2000.
It took a week to knit together the silk fabrics and add a blue ribbon trim for a project appropriately called ‘the art of seduction’.Two years later St Andrew’s University, where William and Kate were both studying, asked to borrow it for a fundraising fashion show.Kate was friends with William, then 19, but is thought to have been dating her first university boyfriend Rupert Finch at the time. The second in line to the throne was pictured craning his neck to see the stunning brunette.We started the week expecting to publish one David Foster Wallace post. Then, because of the 50th birthday celebration, it turned into two. We spent some time tracking down free DFW stories and essays available on the web, and they’re all now listed in our collection, 800 Free e Books for i Pad, Kindle & Other Devices. So here they are — 23 pieces published by David Foster Wallace between 19, mostly in major U. But the see-through black slip credited with helping Kate Middleton catch the eye of a prince could one day be worth £100,000.