Meghan Markle picks simple, sleek dress by Givenchy designer for wedding

Meghan Markle picks simple, sleek dress by Givenchy designer for wedding

Meghan Markle picked a sleek sculpted dress by the British designer of couture house Givenchy for her marriage to Prince Harry on Saturday, worn with a five-metre long veil and a sparkling diamond tiara lent by Queen Elizabeth.
The pure white long-sleeved gown with a boat neck had been eagerly anticipated by royal fans around the world, with speculation over which designer would be chosen starting soon after the couple announced their engagement in November.
As the bride stepped out of her classic Rolls-Royce, Kensington Palace announced that Clare Waight Keller, who became the first female artistic director at famed French house Givenchy last year, had secured the coveted role of making the dress.
The 47-year-old, previously at Pringle of Scotland and Chloe, met Ms. Meghan earlier this year and the two worked together on the design, which “epitomises a timeless minimal elegance”, Kensington Palace said.
“The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist,” the palace said in a statement.
“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 add a note of refined modernity.”
Harry and Meghan leave St George’s Chapel after being wed.
Harry and Meghan leave St George’s Chapel after being wed. | Photo Credit
The gown made of double bonded cady silk with a sweeping train was simple in style, which won praise from fashionistas.Edward Enninful, the editor of British Vogue, called the dress “beautiful” while bridal designer Raishma said the gown was “an example of couture design at its most classic and timeless”.
“It was not a Cinderella choice, not one that spoke of fantasy or old-fashioned fairy tales, but one that placed the woman proudly front and center,” Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic at The New York Times, wrote.
“It underscored Ms. Markle’s own independence by divesting her of frippery, while also respecting tradition and keeping her covered up.”On social media, fans mainly showered the bride, who wore her hair up, with compliments, some even posting an image of Cinderella. Outside the wedding venue in Windsor, well-wishers were divided over its simplicity.The newly weds ride in an open-topped carriage through Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George’s Chapel.The newly weds ride in an open-topped carriage through Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George’s Chapel. | Photo Credit: REUTERS
“It was simple and elegant,” 23-year-old Emily Devaney from New Zealand said. “It’s probably hard to dress for a royal wedding – you probably dont have much you can go with but I thought she looked beautiful.”Nursing student Linda ODwyer said it was “very modern and classy” and she preferred it to the lace-embroidered gown Kate Middleton wore at her 2011 wedding to Prince William.
“It was like (Meghan) didnt want it to be too over the top with lots of embroidery. It really suited her style,” she said.
However spectator Jennifer Hill, 69, described it as “very plain”. “I’m not surprised but slightly disappointed,” she said. ”I thought it might be a little more flamboyant but it was very simplistic. I prefer her hair down.
The well-kept secret over who would design the dress had kept royal fans and fashionistas guessing for months. Among the those cited as contenders were labels Ralph & Russo and Burberry as well as designer Stella McCartney.Waight Keller, whose name has now been catapulted into the global spotlight, described the chance to work on the historic occasion as “an honour”.