For Clare Waight Keller, it was the commission of a lifetime. The British designer became the first creative director for Givenchy Couture in March 2017, a fact not lost on Meghan who is an avowed feminist. This fact, along with Keller’s exceptional design skills, is the reason she was chosen to design Meghan Markle’s wedding dress; beating off stiff competition from the likes of Stella McCartney, Ralph & Russo, and Burberry who were all linked with the job.
What Did the Royal Wedding Dress Look Like?
You won’t be shocked to learn that it looked incredible! Sure, cynics would say it should be for the reported £387,000 price tag but paying lots of cash for a wedding gown
doesn’t always guarantee a wonderful design. The lace fabric alone on Celine Dion’s bizarre gown in 1994 cost $25,000 and it isn’t a wedding dress remembered for the right reasons!
Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, on the other hand, was the definition of chic yet classy. The ivory boat neck gown she wore down the aisle to her wedding to Prince Harry was worth every penny in our opinion. The silk cady floor-length dress was typically understated with long sleeves, a bateau neckline and a triple silk organza underskirt.
However, it was the final touches that captured the imagination. The five-meter-long veil was a joy to behold and the lace depicted flora from all 53 nations in the Commonwealth! The long veil in particular enabled soon-to-be Princess Meghan to make a dramatic entrance worthy of royalty.
A Praiseworthy Gown
There was a lot of pressure on Meghan and Clare to get it right; after all, it was THE Royal Wedding Dress and the eyes of hundreds of millions of people were trained on it. If they got it wrong for any reason, both would have entered the fashion Hall of Infamy alongside other celebrities we shall not name!
Instead, Meghan Markle’s elegant wedding dress will be remembered as fondly as Duchess Kate Middleton’s when she married Prince William back in 2011. Kate’s dress cost £250,000 and it was widely believed that Meghan’s gown would cost less. It is traditional not to upstage a royal family member that’s higher ranked; and Kate is the future Queen Consort. However, there doesn’t seem to have been any gossip from within the Royal circle to suggest that anyone is unhappy with what Meghan spent on the dress.
Indeed, the dress drew widespread praise from all quarters. Various fashion magazines praised Meghan by saying her choice of gown was yet another sign that she was the most modern princess to be welcomed into the Royal family. Despite her fame, beauty, and talent, Meghan has always chosen classy and elegant in fashion, so it is hardly a surprise that she remained true to form on the biggest day of her life.
According to Kensington Palace, Meghan’s gown was “true to the heritage of the house” as the pure lines of the gown were created with six ‘meticulously’ placed seams. It went on to say that the focus of the wedding dress was the open bateau neckline that emphasized the actress’ slender waist while gracefully framing the shoulders. The Palace concluded by saying that the slim three-quarter sleeves added ‘refined modernity’.
After Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry, Clare released a statement via Givenchy Haute Couture where she said it was an honor to work with Meghan on such a remarkable occasion. The designer said that the goal was to create a timeless gown that emphasized the iconic codes of Givenchy throughout its rich history, while conveying a sense of modernity via the dress’ sharp cuts and sleek lines.
The delicate floral design of the veil was something Clare and Meghan shared with the Commonwealth flora added as a special gesture. Clare concluded by saying how wonderful it was to get to know Meghan on a personal level and she wished her and Prince Harry happiness in their future.
Not Everyone Was Impressed
While the rest of the world was gushing over Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, Kate Perry was ready and waiting to throw a spanner in the works. Perry criticized Meghan for not having more than one fitting and claimed that Kate Middleton’s dress was far better.
You know what they say: Everyone’s a critic! We doubt that Meghan will care to be honest! After the wedding ceremony, Meghan stole the spotlight again by appearing in a halter-neck gown designed by Stella McCartney. In a lovely touch, Meghan paid tribute to Prince Harry’s mother, Diana, by wearing the late Princess of Wales’ aquamarine ring.
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