Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress: A Review
The most talked about and anticipated dress of the year has been Meghan Markle’s wedding dress in her marriage to Prince Harry. Taking place today (May 19) the wedding of Ms Markle to Prince Harry took place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
In the build up to the Royal Wedding, several designers were hotly tipped to be at the helm. Favourites were Australian duo, Ralph & Russo, who designed the dress the Duchess of Sussex wore in her official engagement photo shoot. Also on the list were Canadian designer Erdem, Christopher Bailey for Burberry and Stella McCartney. However, in the final hours leading up to the Royal Wedding, it was tipped that Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy was the chosen one.
Who designed Meghan Markle’s wedding dress?
As the Duchess of Sussex stepped out from the royal wedding car it was revealed that Givenchy had indeed made the dress, with Clare Waight Keller being chosen for her “timeless and elegant aesthetic”. Reports state that Clare Waight Keller tirelessly hunted for the right fabric across Europe, resulting in an exclusive bespoke fabric made from silk cady, which is a full, multi-ply silk made specifically for high-end gowns and couture garments.
Designed in a perfectly pure white gown, the Royal wedding dress may well resuscitate the white wedding dress. Typically, we’ve been seeing hues of ivory to cream gracing many wedding aisles but I predict that the white wedding dress (so traditional of Royal Wedding Dresses dating back to Queen Victoria) will start trending.
The style of the dress is wonderfully simple yet utterly romantic enough for a Royal Wedding. ‘Pure lines’ including two waist darts that run down into the skirt, offer a subtle sublime fit and A-line skirt. The skirt then features that beautiful long train, complemented by a dramatic, soft embroidered veil.
The style of Meghan’s wedding dress is stylishly modest with a hint of skin along one of the most feminine parts of a woman’s body, the neck and shoulders. This style would suit various shapes and could be paired with a different volume skirt, or a fuller skirt should you wish for more ease in that area. The simple, chic bodice could also be altered to accommodate a fuller bust, making this design so wearable for all women.
The dress itself is so classic with a subtle nod to a previous iconic Hollywood actress, Audrey Hepburn. Famous not only for her films but also her humanitarian efforts, as well as her unforgettable connection as muse to the late Hubert de Givenchy (that Breakfast at Tiffany’s black dress) it’s perhaps no surprise that all these elements have been carefully thought about and meticulously bought together by the Duchess of Sussex and Clare Waight Keller.
A Royal Wedding would not be complete without grandeur. As minimal and romantic as the Duchess of Sussex’s dress was, the veil offered the enchanting drama and fairytale magic, with its length being carried expertly by two page boys. Made in the softest silk tulle, the veil has been embroidered with motifs representing the flora of the Commonwealth, which is such a positive, wonderful statement from the Duchess of Sussex, as she will be undertaking efforts alongside Prince Harry to support the work of the Commonwealth. As with the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, this embroidery takes hundreds of hours to complete with embroiderers having to wash their hands every 30 minutes to avoid spoiling the materials. It’s exceptional skilled work and I can’t wait to see further pictures of it.
If you have fallen in love with Meghan’s wedding dress, with its soft bateau neck line you may wonder how to find a similar style and cut. By opting for a bespoke wedding dress service, you can work with a dressmaker to make a similar style ensuring the fit and fabric are just right.
With silk cady almost nigh on impossible to source on a regular bridal budget, I would suggest a beautiful double crepe in sandwashed silk underlined with silk organza and pure cotton lawn to offer that crisp, yet flexible structure of Meghan’s dress. As a professional dressmaker, I have access to superior quality silks fit enough for your dream princess wedding dress.
If you’d like to book a consultation to discuss your wedding dress, be it in the style of Meghan Markle or not, I offer a free first meeting that is typically 60 minutes long. From there we can look at wedding dress designs, sketches and fabric swatches to see how together, like Clare Waight Keller and the Duchess of Sussex, we can make your perfect wedding dress.