Last weekend, the royal wedding finally took place at the St George’s Chapel. Since the announcement of their engagement in November 2017, we all have been looking forward to this special day! One of the most frequently asked questions around this royal wedding were; what dress is Meghan Markle going to wear? And who is the designer? Various designers were linked to the dress such as Burberry, Ralph & Russo, Erdem and Stella McCartney. However, surprisingly the creative director of the French fashion house Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller, designed the wedding dress. In this article you will find 3 Q&A’s about the stunning Givenchy wedding dress.
1. Why did Meghan Markle choose to work with Clare Waight Keller?
Claire Waight Keller was born in Birmingham on 19 August 1970. She is a British stylist and designer and became the first female creative director of the Parisian Haute Couture house Givenchy in 2017. After looking at various sketches of wedding dresses with her best friend, Jessica Mulroney, Meghan Markle and Clare Waight Keller met each other in early 2018. According to a statement from Kensington Palace, Meghan chose to work with Clare because of her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring and relaxed demeanor. Another reason for choosing Clare was because Meghan wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent that already worked for three prominent fashion houses.
2.What about the dress?
The dress that Meghan worn is made of custom made silk and features three-quarter-length sleeves, an open boat neckline and a train with a built-in triple silk organza underskirt. Additionally, the dress featured only six seams and no lace or other embellishments. While a small team of workers has worked on the dress in Paris, Clare stayed closely in contact with Meghan. The 5 meter-long silk tulle veil, represents the distinctive flora for each of the 53 Commonwealth countries and is united in a beautiful composition. According to various sources, the people that worked on the veil had to wash their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pure.
3. How did Meghan manage to keep the dress a secret?
In order to keep the dress a secret, Meghan secretly met up with Clare in her house in Chelsea instead of the Givenchy Headquarter in Paris. When visiting Clare, Meghan worn a baseball cap or beanie in order to stay under the radar of the paparazzi. Before we finally knew which dress Meghan was wearing, only five people in the world knew the details about the wedding dress. Clare did not even tell her family that she was designing the dress for the royal wedding.