Duchess of Cambridge leads the style set on Vanity Fair Best Dressed list with 'whirlwind of fashion successes'

Kate Middleton has been named one of the best dressed women in the world.

She was the star attraction of Vanity Fair magazine's annual International Best Dressed list for women.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who won rave reviews for the succession of outfits worn on her recent North America tour with Prince William, is recognised internationally for her elegant style.

Royal style: Kate Middleton, here seen at the Bafta dinner in LA wearing Alexander McQueen, wowed audiences on her recent State visit to North America

Royal style: Kate Middleton, here seen at the Bafta dinner in LA wearing Alexander McQueen, wowed audiences on her recent State visit to North America

She joins Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as the most high profile women on the 72nd list compiled by the glossy magazine.

The magazine said of Kate: 'A whirlwind of fashion successes since has earned her a nod this year.

'She’s captivated the world with her signature mix of high and low fashion.'

Michelle Obama
Carla Bruni

First ladies: Michelle Obama, left, and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy impressed Vanity Fair again this year - both have made it onto the list before

She appeared on the list, which is not ranked in any order, for the first time in 2008 and this year earns a place for the first time as a British royal.

Vanity Fair notes her signature style of Issa wrap dresses and praises her Alexander McQueen wedding dress.

Other royals on the list include Princess Charlene of Monaco, the new wife of Prince Albert, and Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, the wife of the Emir of Qatar and a UNESCO special envoy.

Two British stars, actresses Carey Mulligan and Tilda Swinton, who is the face of Pringle, are also named for their style.

Carey Mulligan
Tilda Swinton

Acting up: British actresses Carey Mulligan, left, and Tilda Swinton were both named - Ms Swinton said her father is her style idol

Oscar winner Colin Firth and F1 racing driver Jenson Button are two of the British stars featuring on the men's Best Dressed list.

Star of Friends with Benefits, Justin Timberlake, and writer Nicholas Foulkes are also recognised.

Lady Gaga is named as one of fashion originals of 2011, mostly notably for a dress made of real beef cuts that she controversially wore to the MTV Awards show last September.


CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY, First Lady of France
H.H. SHEIKHA MOZA BINT NASSER OF QATAR, wife of H.H. the Emir of Qatar
H.R.H. THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE, wife of the future King of England
ANDREA DELLAL, mother of four
CHRISTINE LAGARDE, managing director, International Monetary Fund
TILDA SWINTON, film-maker and actress
LIZZIE TISCH, entrepreneur
H.S.H. PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO, Wife of Albert II, Prince of Monaco
JANE LAUDER WARSH, president of Origins and Ojon


MARIO D’URSO, chairman of Mittel Capital
ARPAD BUSSON, financier
STAVROS NIARCHOS, shipping heir
NICHOLAS FOULKES, historian, writer, and editor
MARCUS SAMUELSSON, chef, restaurant owner, and cookbook author
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, actor, producer, singer-songwriter, and designer
JENSON BUTTON, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 driver

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