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When Kate Middleton stepped out of her car at Westminster Abbey and the world got its first glimpse of her wedding gown, the comparisons were instant. From the veil to the lace overlay to the bridal bouquet, it was clear that the wedding of Princess Grace of Monaco was an inspiration. It's not surprising that Kate would find a kindred spirit in another classic beauty, a commoner better known as Grace Kelly, who wed her prince in front of the world's eyes.

Being from Philadelphia, Grace Kelly's hometown, I had the opportunity to view her wedding dress when it came to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in honor of the 50th anniversary of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier's wedding. Designed by MGM's Academy Award winning costume designer Helen Rose, the dress was worked on for six weeks by three dozen seamstresses. The detail was indeed breathtaking, as I'm sure it will be when the Middleton's dress goes on view in London.

A Clarence House spokesman said: "The Duchess of Cambridge is considering a number of options to give members of the public the opportunity to see, close-up, the skilled British craftsmanship that went into the making of her wedding dress by Sarah Burton and her team as well as the Royal School of Needlework."