The Ultimate Royal Knock-Off: Melbourne Seamstress Recreates Royal Wedding Gown

The Markle Effect is sweeping the wedding world, and now you can have a Givenchy moment without blowing your wedding budget.

Bride-to-be’s busily adding to their Pinterest board now have a whole new "megspiration".

They're calling it "The Markle Effect," a return to modern minimalism, timeless and elegant.

Elizabeth Alexandrou, a seamstress from the fabric and craft store Spotlight is one dressmaker that's been swept up in a sea of princess tulle and satin.

The store set her one almighty challenge over the royal wedding weekend -- create the ultimate royal knock-off.

While millions at home watched Harry and Meghan's fairytale moment, Elizabeth Alexandrou was busy recreating the coveted dress.

And she did it, for a price tag that would make any bride on a budget boast... just $700.

"I tried not to think about it because we don't know what the dress will be like until she steps out of the car," Alexandrou said.

"We did make a couple of samples, just some basic A-Line and Princess styles."

When Meghan Markle did step out of the car in her Givenchy gown at about 9pm, Alexandrou and fellow seamstress Tessa Rankin got stitching.

"I think it was very classic, it was certainly a relief that we thought we could achieve it.''

By 7am the next day, their royal replica was complete.

Thirty metres of fabric was used for both the dress and the veil.  The seamstresses hope the challenge will inspire more people to learn the art of creating a garment fit for a Princess.

Megspired: A Melbourne seamstress has recreated Meghan Markle's wedding dress at a fraction of the price.
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Royal weddings traditionally spark an almost instant impact on the fashion world.

Bridal boutique Raffaele Ciuca in Melbourne has redone its shop front window to include a cut-out of the happy couple riding high in a carriage.

"I thought she looked gorgeous," Carmela Di Bernado said.

"Understated elegance -- a minimal look, minimal but timeless."

Ms Di Bernado has been working in the bridal industry for 20 years and expects to see a wave of Meghan inspired dresses.

"When Kate got married there was lace, and we've had lots of lace gowns since then. I think there will be lots of brides coming in wanting versions of Meghan's look, for sure."

Up close: Brides-to-be are flocking to add a bit of Royal inspiration to their Pinterest boards.
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