Meghan Markle's Givenchy Wedding Dress Is Everything We Hoped For
The most perfect gown on the most beautiful of brides.
We've been waiting months for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to walk down the aisle and now it's finally happening. And while we're delighted that they're marrying -- they seem genuinely smitten with one another -- we're more about the gown. And we can finally say, here it is -- a heavenly creation designed by Clare Waight Keller for French couture house Givenchy.
At exactly 8.55pm Meghan Markle, 36, swept into St George's Chapel looking like an absolute angel. The former actress was glowing, her eyes sparkling, her perfect brunette hair rich and shiny and she was wearing a dress that was quite possibly the most romantic thing we've ever seen.
Meghan looked 100 per cent princess. The bodice was fitted, the skirt full. Meghan completed the royal look with a delicate tiara and full veil, and she was a fairy tale.
After meeting Ms. Waight Keller in early 2018, Ms. Markle chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour. Ms. Markle also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy.
Kensington Palace released a statement saying: "Ms. Markle and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design. The dress epitomises a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy and showcasing the expert craftsmanship of its world-renowned Parisian couture atelier founded in 1952."
Meghan looked somewhat nervous as she stepped out of the royal car and adjusted her gown carefully. With its long sleeves and fitted bodice the dress was perfect for Meghan's lean shape. It was the most chic wedding gown we've seen in some time.
True to the heritage of Givenchy, the dress fit perfectly thanks to six meticulously placed seams. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises Meghan's slender sculpted waist.
The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves then add a note of refined elegance. Added together this meant that while the beaded, hand-stitched gown was tightly fitted it was also demure. There wasn't a hint of cleavage or even shoulders, just a lovely touch of decolletage, and Meghan looked utterly stunning.
Her heavy lace train was held in place by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen. After she exited the car Meghan adjusted it several times. And while it looked impressive from a distance -- it was even more special than many of us realised.
According to the Palace, "Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition."
The Commonwealth family of nations – of which Her Majesty The Queen is Head –will be a central part of Prince Harry’s and Ms. Markle’s official work following His Royal Highness’s appointment as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
"Ms. Markle wanted to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of the Commonwealth by incorporating references to its members into the design of her wedding dress," said the Palace.
Significant time was spent researching the flora of each Commonwealth country and much care was taken by Ms. Waight Keller to ensure that every flower is unique.
Five meters long and made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza, Meghan's page boys had a difficult time handling it at first but by the time they'd entered the church they'd nailed it.
For some time there's been debate as to who would design Meghan's wedding gown and what it might look like. For a while it seemed Australian designing couple Ralph & Russo would be the creators of the dress which, of course, will become one of the most famous in history, but Burberry, Erdem, Stella McCartney and Roland Mouret were this morning still among the rumoured contenders.
But in the end Meghan opted for Givenchy, and her choice was sheer perfection. It has caused some ripples. Givenchy is a French fashion house after all, but Meghan and Harry have determinedly done exactly what they wanted throughout this entire wedding. And what a wedding it is turning out to be. The walk, the bride and groom, and of course, that dress.