So, we finally know who designed Meghan Markle’s much anticipated wedding dress, and goodness, was it worth the wait. Wearing Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, Meghan looked every inch the part in a haute couture gown stunning in its simple romanticism.
Whilst many had their money on British label Ralph & Russo, whom the newly titled Duchess of Sussex has previously favoured on significant occasions, she opted instead for the chic French fashion house. Keller was last year named its first female Artistic Director, a detail which some say did not get the past the new royal in her decision.
With a classic, minimal cut, the dress was more traditional than we might have guessed, but was regal and romantic enough, befitting the grandeur of the occasion. Featuring a cathedral length veil and huge train, the three-quarter length sleeves and boat neck added a modern touch. Eschewing the elaborate lace look favoured by the last major royal bride, Kate Middleton (who married in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen), Meghan seemed to draw inspiration from a more chic, understated sense of aesthetic, and this may be seen as an attempt to create her own identity within the royal family.
Upon arrival to the Chapel, Meghan stepped out of the car flanked by none other than ickle Brian and John Mulroney, sons of Jessica and Ben Mulroney, who adorably tended to her veil all the way in, and up the aisle — talk about responsibility.
And in a nod to her future role as a royal, the veil featured embroidery of all 53 Commonwealth countries’ national flowers, signalling her commitment to life as a British ambassador to the Commonwealth.
And it wasn’t just the gown drawing our attention. Like Kate before her, Meghan adorned a beautiful tiara straight from Queen Elizabeth II’s personal collection. Dubbed the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau, the stunning piece was brought into the family by Queen Mary (the current Queen’s grandmother) in the mid-1920s and has been worn by Princess Margaret (yknow, the wild one in The Crown), and the central brooch is said to be from 1893. Talk about carrying the weight of history.
Either way, it’s safe to say the new bride looked nothing short of radiant on her special day. And no doubt, she’s set the tone of bridal trends for the next few years to come.
Let us admire it in all its glory.
Of course, it’s not a true royal wedding without an outfit change. The new Duchess cut a sleek figure stepping out in a halter neck Stella McCartney ahead of evening celebrations. Made of silk crepe and in a shade of lily white, it’s fit for a night of partying with the newlyweds’ nearest and dearest. And not to forget the shoes – those’ll be a sweet nude, baby-blue soled Aquazzura pair (her something blue!). For those of us keeping score, that’s the same brand she stepped out in for the official engagement announcement.