Kate Middleton made her first appearance of 2015 today, January 15, as she officially named The Clore Art Room at Barlby School in West London. Kate is of course still in mourning for her pre-pregnancy body and continued the mourning clothes trend today. She mixed it up slightly, though, choosing navy instead of black. Turner-prize winning artist Grayson Perry joined Kate at the Art Room opening as he is a Patron of the organization as well.
The Clore Art Room is the ninth Art Room and is funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation and offers art as a therapeutic intervention to children aged 5 – 16 years old. The Clore Duffield Foundation was founded in 1964 and focuses on funding educational spaces within cultural organizations including museums, heritage institutions and galleries. The Foundation has supported the Art Room since 2005. Kate became Patron of the Art Room in 2012.
Kate met with staff, and then with students who told her about their art and how the Art Room helped them. She received her first gift of the year when two children presented her with a chair decorated with stamps. Kate also participated in a round table discussion with Grayson Perry and several Art Room and school heads, as well as Dame Vivien Duffield of the Clore Duffield Foundation. I cannot seem to find any quotes of what Kate said during the discussion, nor can I find video. I will update if and when those become available. I would really like to know what she said during the discussion.
Kate wore Madderson London “Naomi French Tweed & Wool Shift Dress” (£450.00) which is a navy dress with pink-patterned wool trim around the bottom and weird pocket areas. It’s really short on Kate, falling well above the knee. This is the shortest dress Kate has worn in a while. I still don’t understand why her hems get shorter when she’s pregnant. Thankfully Kate wore black stockings, but still.
Kate accessorized with her Mulberry Bayswater Clutch, Episode Angel suede pumps, and Cartier watch. Kate also wore her Diana Earrings. She wore her hair down, because of course.
To be fair to Kate, Perry also wore a too-short black coat dress.
PS. I guess the photographer’s trend of not Photoshopping Kate’s pics also continues. Forehead wrinkles.
Bump it, Kate, bump it!
UPDATE: I still could not find any video of the round table discussion, nor could I find any quotes from her anywhere. She must not have said anything of worth if the press is not printing anything she said. Below is a video of Kate at the Art Room, and a video of Kate talking to some children.
.@TheArtRoomUK helps children to develop confidence, self-esteem and independence through creativity and expression https://t.co/I6JNe92gd6
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 15, 2015
Photos: Victoria Murphy Twitter/Kensington Palace Twitter/Getty