Compiled by Robert K James
American actress Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex chose a modest white bridal gown designed by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller for her wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday.
“The ivory silk dress was modern and feminine, with a shoulder-framing bateau neckline, simple A-line silhouette, and slim three-quarter sleeves. The train was short, stopping well before the 16.5-foot silk tulle veil, which was hand-embroidered with flora representing the 53 countries of the Commonwealth,” writes CNN’s Allyssia Alleyne.
For several months, the designer of the magnificent wedding dress had been a closely guarded secret. Although she was not considered forerunner, British Waight Keller seemed a perfect choice for Meghan, who identifies as a feminist. The 47-year-old made history last year when it was announced she would be replacing Riccardo Tisci as Givenchy’s artistic director.
According to a statement from Kensington Palace, Meghan was drawn to Waight Keller’s “timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanor.”
“This penchant for ease seemed to permeate her entire wedding look. She complemented her minimal gown with her signature loose bun and subtle makeup.
Instead of choosing one of the more elaborate royal tiaras, she secured her veil with Queen Mary’s seldom-seen diamond bandeau tiara, borrowed from Queen Elizabeth II. The graphic platinum band is set with diamonds, framing a detachable brooch,” elaborates CNN’s Allyssia Alleyne.
What experts had to say about Meghan’s wedding dress
Caryn Franklin, a British fashion and identity commentator said; “I get a really exciting sense of simplicity and blank canvas and ‘watch this space. You end up really focusing on her, focusing on the integrity of the woman, not distracted by an exquisite beautiful dress that we’re going to talk about for ages. When I look at the image of Meghan, I just want to look straight at her. I know she’s a woman of substance,” she said as quoted by CNN.
Sadie Clayton, a 27-year-old biracial designer of Jamaican and British descent noted that; “For me and for my peers and my competitors, Meghan is not just a beautiful woman in a pretty dress. I think she goes beyond that. She’s this strong, independent woman with a voice, with an attitude, with an individuality. So today, to see the dress that she’s chosen is actually quite exciting. She’s got her own identity, her own personality, and what’s great is that the audience and the world can relate to her.”