After watching Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot at their royal wedding, the world went to sleep with dreams of Meghan Markle's wedding dress. (No? Just us?) Ultimately, British designer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy had the privilege of designing Meghan's dress for the St. Georges' Chapel ceremony. The dress was the definition of elegance with its clean lines, bateau neckline, and simple silhouette. It was well worth the wait, and when the royal wedding came to close, Kensington Palace gave us a major behind-the-scenes look of the making of Meghan's gorgeous gown, having released the original sketches of Meghan Markle's wedding dress.
“The Duchess and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design, which epitomizes a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy,” Kensington Palace wrote on Instagram, alongside a pair of exclusive dress sketches. “Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of all 53 Commonwealth countries united in one spectacular floral composition.”
As we saw at St. George's, Meghan's 16.5-foot silk tulle veil was adorned with embroidered flowers. These blooms represented the 53 Commonwealth countries, according to Kensington Palace. Wintersweet, which grows on the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy, the state flower of California where Meghan had grown up, were among the flowers included.
“The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasizes the slender sculpted waist,” Kensington Palace noted in an additional press release. “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."
And the designer of the dreamy dress, Clare Waight Keller (a Brit herself!), also chimed in on Instagram to reflect on just how special creating this piece of history was for her. "A Dream Day accompanying stunning #meghanmarkle on her journey to become the Duchess of Sussex in @givenchyofficial," she captioned a photo of Meghan Markle on the chapel steps. Brava, Ms. Keller! Brava!
Meanwhile, Stella McCartney, responsible for Meghan Markle's slinky—and sexy—second reception wedding dress, gave Women's Wear Daily a first look at her sketches. “I am so proud and honored to have been chosen by the Duchess of Sussex to make her evening gown and represent British design,” McCartney told WWD. “It has truly been one of the most humbling moments of my career and I am so proud of all the team on this stunning sunny royal day," she added. McCartney was also responsible for Amal Clooney's canary yellow frock and Oprah Winfrey's lovely pale pink ensemble.