There was no doubt that Meghan Markle looked stunning in her dress during the wedding. After months of tight security, guests had a glimpse of the ensemble, which was under tight security for months. The Duchess’ wedding dress signified purity and simplicity, with its pure white fabric.
Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at Givenchy, created the piece worn by the Duchess. The Kensington Palace announced that Ms. Markle chose to work with Keller because of her timeless and elegant aesthetic.
Waight Keller and the Duchess worked together on the dress, which has an open bateau neckline which emphasizes the shoulders and the waist. The fabric used was a double bonded silk cady, which has a soft matte luster.
Waight Keller also incorporated the 53 countries of the Commonwealth on Ms. Markle’s five-meter veil, thoroughly researching on the flora of each country. The Duchess herself wished to have it designed that way.
What was most striking about the Duchess’ dress was its simplicity. Designers predict that the piece will boost the minimalist trend and the wide necklines for wedding dresses.
Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
Along with the flowers of the Commonwealth, the Duchess also chose two flowers – the wintersweet which grows on the grounds of the Kensington Palace, and the California Poppy as a homage to her birthplace. They also embroidered crops of wheat onto the veil to symbolize love and charity.
The Queen lent the Duchess the diamond bandeau tiara of Queen Mary which dates back to 1932. Diamonds and platinum made up the bandeau. The County of Lincoln gave the bandeau to then-Princess Mary on her marriage to Prince George.
The Duchess does not fail in being a style icon, sporting brands such as Strathberry and Mackage. She also wore a navy blue Roland Mouret dress when she arrived with her mother, Doria Ragland, at the Cliveden House Hotel.