These women are not just crazy about the long, chic skirts and modest tops, but are also very fond of the hair accessories.
"It's insane," says Zylberlicht. "Women from the national-religious sector wear elegant hats to synagogue, and haredi women place flowers and ribbons on their wigs. Young girls go to events wearing half hats with large flowers, all inspired by Kate. There are even those who look for Kate Middleton earrings – the ones which used to belong to Princess Diana and were refurbished."
Middleton is very thin. Isn't it difficult for religious women, who have given birth quite a few times, to imitate her appearance?
"Each woman makes the required adjustments according to her own figure."
"She wears exactly what the religious sector is looking for: Short coats that can be combined with any basic top and classic gowns. These are clothes that are mostly suitable for Shabbat, Jewish holidays and special events and not for every day. Her wisdom is in covering herself up yet remaining glowing and fashionable."
Following in Princess Diana's footsteps
It appears Middleton was first marked as a style icon among Israel's religious women at her wedding, a year and a half ago. "Since then, many brides have been looking for a dress similar to the one she wore, combining delicate lace and vintage-style fabric, without all that volume of the past.
"Her makeup style is inspiring too. After all, she did her own makeup on her wedding day, using a soft and clean touch. Brides seeking to appear gentle and natural tell me, 'Just like Kate,' and there's nothing else to add."
And yet, one cannot be one-hundred-percent Kate. First of all, the knee issue: Middleton is fond of dresses that end just above the knee line. Women belonging to the religious sector must look for longer skirts and dresses, which cover the knees.
"I don't think religious and haredi women are experiencing fashion troubles," says Dr. Tsuriel Rashi of the School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University. "One can always take an immodest dress and turn it into a modest one.