Kate Middleton Commissions Ralph and Russo, a Favorite Designer of Beyonce, for Australia Tour

Kate Middleton at Elswick Park on October 10, 2012
 

With less than one week until the royal’s Australia and New Zealand tour kicks off — and the world goes wild with Kate Middleton‘s impeccable styles — one designer has been crowned as a must-have for the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe.

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Just as the mom to Prince George, 8 months, chose homegrown designers to wear during her 2011 Canada tour, she’s picked an Australian design house for at least one of her outfits for the upcoming three-week-long visit.

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Middleton has commissioned a dress by high-end and high-glam fashion label Ralph & Russo, Grazia reports. “Kate visited Ralph & Russo’s boutique last month and said she was looking for inspiration for the tour,” a source told Grazia. “She liked that they had Australian connections and has apparently given them specific instructions for a gown.”

While the designing duo of engaged Australian couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo may not be a household name, you’ve likely seen their eye-catching looks on the likes of Carrie Underwood, Angelina Jolie, and Beyonce.

Carrie Underwood, Beyonce and Angelina Jolie

With cocktail dresses starting around a whopping $80,000 (or 50,000 pounds), the gowns are a stark contrast from Middleton’s more affordable styles from L.K. Bennett, Topshop, and, most recently, Gap.

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The 18-day tour kicks off on April 7 in New Zealand before Middleton, Prince William, and baby Prince George head to Australia on April 16.

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