Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave chapel after 2018 wedding
Meghan Markle stunned royal fans with the iconic wedding dress she wore to marry Prince Harry in 2018.
The Duchess of Sussex went for a traditional wedding gown that was very reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s.
It was made of silk with three-quarter-length sleeves, an open bateau neckline and a train with a built-in triple silk organza underskirt.
A double-bonded silk cady was developed for the construction of the dress, which featured only six seams.
It featured no lace or any other embellishments.
Meghan Markle’s stunning wedding dress’ details
The veil was five meters long and made from silk tulle.
It was embroidered with flowers of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, as well as the California poppy, in honour of Meghan’s home state and wintersweet, a flower that grows at Kensington Palace.
At the very front of it, crops of wheat were embroidered and blended into the flowers, to symbolise love and charity.
It was said that the fashion house spent 3,900 hours embroidering it.
The Duchess of Sussex went for a traditional wedding gown
The veil was held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Meghan by the late Queen.
The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the centre brooch dating from 1893.
Who designed Meghan Markle’s wedding dress?
The beautiful gown – named the most-searched royal wedding dress of all time – was designed by British fashion designer Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of the fashion house Givenchy.
The veil was embroidered with 55 flowers
Meghan worked closely with Waight Keller on the design of the garment.
After meeting the designer in early 2018, Meghan chose to work with her for her “timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour,” according to Kensington Palace.
She also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and Givenchy.
At the time the fashion house said: “True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams.
The veil was five meters long and made from silk tulle
“The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist.
“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.”
A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said: “The dress epitomises a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy and showcasing the expert craftsmanship of its world-renowned Parisian couture atelier founded in 1952.”
Meghan’s wedding dress is estimated to have cost £110,000
How much did Meghan’s wedding dress cost?
Meghan’s wedding dress is estimated to have cost £110,000, and the Duchess of Sussex paid for it herself.
Did Meghan have a second dress?
Meghan Markle chose a very different second dress after the ceremony – a halter neck design by Stella McCartney.
The Palace announced at the time that the second dress is a bespoke lily white high-neck gown made of silk crepe.
The second dress was made by Stella McCartney
Meghan also wore a pair of earrings and a bracelet made by Cartier on her wedding day.
For her first dress, the Duchess of Sussex’s shoe choice was based on a Givenchy refined pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin.
For her second outfit, she chose a design from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.
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