Meghan Markle graduated from Meghan Markle That Actor from Suits to Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex when she wed Prince Harry on Saturday, and while the 36-year-old’s transition into royalty was groundbreaking on so many levels, the one thing we can’t stop gawking at is the fashion. Specifically, Meghan’s dress. The understated Givenchy gown just made sense on the laid back LA-native.
Clare Waight Keller, creative director at the luxury French fashion house and the woman responsible for the latest global bridal craze of minimal chic gowns, has been sharing details on the newly crowned Duchess’ dress.
The entire look was a five-month long secret project that the designer told no one about. Not even her husband or children were aware that she was the mastermind behind the all-star look until the day of the Royal nuptials. Can you imagine keeping tight lipped about something so huge for nearly half a year!?
“I think she really admired the fact that I was a woman designer and the many companies I have worked for, British companies and international companies and the fact that I am a working mother played into it as well, so that was maybe part of her story,” Clare told Hello! correspondant Emily Nash.
Despite being a relatively simple looking design, one that lacked intricate embellishments, the designer told WWD that it took over 3,600 hours to take the dress from start to finish. According to People, “The workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously sewing and washing their hands every 30 minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine,” according to a Kensington Palace statement.
Six very purposefully placed seams hold the dress together to create an elegant and sculpted shape, with a focus on the bateau neckline that framed Meghan’s collarbones and shoulders; the double-bonded silk cady, the material the dress was cut from, was sourced and created exclusively for this gown.
Meghan also wanted a way to incorporate the 53 countries of the Commonwealth into her wedding look, so Clare included a flower motif from each country, working them into a stunning floral pattern that decorated the edge of her long, delicate veil. How incredible is that?
Kensington Palace released the initial sketches of the gown online, but the designer said she’ll hand over the hard copies to Meghan as a keepsake for her special (and historic) day.
Sketches of The Duchess of Sussex’s #RoyalWedding dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller, have been released.
The Duchess and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design, epitomising a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy. pic.twitter.com/A9ZFKVZmUz
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 20, 2018
As much as Meghan and Clare have been praised for the classic and simple silhouette, not everyone saw the dress as a style win.
British television personality (and troll) Katie Hopkins uploaded a side-by-side photo of Kate Middleton and Meghan in their wedding gowns, saying it was “no competition” and “you can’t buy class,” insinuating that Meghan missed the mark.
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 19, 2018
Katy Perry also wasn’t so keen on the look, telling Entertainment Tonight that she thought the gown was ill fitted and that she preferred Kate’s over Meghan’s. (Talk about kick-starting a sister-in-law rivalry, Katy!)
“I would have done one more fitting,” the singer said. “I’m never not going to tell the truth. One more fitting, but I love you.”
While everyone is going to have an opinion on a very public event like Meghan and Harry’s ceremony, a wedding is still a day that’s meant for the bride and groom to enjoy, and if Meghan felt like a princess walking down the aisle toward her Prince in this custom Givenchy creation, then that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?