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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Should Kate Middleton wear British designers?

By Autumn Brewington

The Reliable Source noted last week that criticism of Michelle Obama's dress choice for the state dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao had reignited a decades-old debate over whether the first lady is obligated to showcase American designers. (She wore a red gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, a British label.)

Now, the Guardian is asking whether it's fair to expect royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton or Mrs. Obama to be patriotic in their clothing choices.

"This whole schtick smacks of lazy patriotism," writes columnist Hadley Freeman. "The expectation that high-profile people and, in particular, women should support their country's designers is understandable ... [But] If you want her to wear something, make something she wants to wear. It's fashion. It's not complicated."

It's probably not complicated for most clothes -- but it's unlikely that Kate would break with royal tradition and choose a non-British designer for her wedding gown, details of which are still under wraps.

By Autumn Brewington  | February 3, 2011; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Fashion, Kate Middleton, Media coverage  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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