Bottom line: nationalism rules here as elsewhere.
Double bottom line: why, oh why, does anyone care about what these people wear?
Addendum: it turns out there was a scandal about Kate's dress because it was not made by highly paid Italians but rather by poorly paid Romanians. The most damning evidence of their oppression:
Many of the women who filed out of the factory gates this week barely knew who Prince William’s wife was, let alone that they were behind her outfit.