Meghan Markle chose a Givenchy haute couture dress, by British designer Clare Waight Keller, for her wedding to Prince Harry this weekend.
Birmingham-born Waight Keller became the first female designer to head the historic Paris fashion house last year, and was chosen by Markle “for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour”.
Ms. meghan markle in givenchy haute couture by clare waight keller (1)
The dress itself was minimal, crafted from a specially developed pure white, double-bonded silky cady with a soft, mat sheen. It featured a bateau neckline, long sleeves, nipped-in waist and dramatic train for an overall sculptural effect.
Waight Keller also designed the dramatic, 5 metre-long veil, which depicted flowers representing all 53 countries of the Commonwealth that were hand sewn on to the silk tulle design.
The bride’s white satin shoes were also designed by Waight Keller, as were the bridesmaids’ dresses. The classic, ivory silk dresses were high waisted with short puff sleeves and a silk ribbon bow. They were worn with personalised Aquazurra shoes.
In the evening the newly titled Duchess of Sussex changed into a high-neck, fishtail gown in lily white silk crepe by British designer Stella McCartney, for the private evening reception at Frogmore House.
Guests at the ceremony, which took place at Windsor Castle on Saturday included members of the royal family, alongside numerous celebrity guests including David and Victoria Beckham, George and Amal Clooney, and Oprah Winfrey.