Meghan Markle's Givenchy wedding dress is the gown that launched a thousand Pinterest boards. The frock's simple silhouette and minimalist design looked flawless as the bride walked down the aisle during her May 19 ceremony—but getting to that point was no easy feat.
Markle's dress designer and Givenchy's first female artistic director Clare Waight Keller recently opened up in an interview with Paris Match about the extensive process of finding the perfect fit for the royal bride. Waight Keller told the publication that it took eight fittings to get Markle's dress fitting perfectly. For reference, Nicole Sacco, the director of fittings at Kleinfeld and Say Yes to the Dress star, previously told Brides that most brides-to-be have just two to three fittings to perfect their dress. But despite the additional fittings, the designer said that working with the Duchess of Sussex was anything but difficult.
In her interview, Waight Keller noted that Markle “is a strong woman who knows exactly what she wants." The British-based designer remembered when they first met back in January 2018: “We very quickly agreed on the perfect dress,” she said. “I wanted a modern and fresh silhouette while respecting her style.”
“It is an immense honor to have worked closely with Meghan and to have lived by her side for all these special moments," Waight Keller added. "Prince Harry came to me and said, ‘Oh my God. Thank you. She is absolutely magnificent.’ I am very proud. It’s a fairy tale. A dream come true.”
Earlier this month, the 47-year-old designer also revealed to WWD that she spent 3,900 hours designing and creating Markle's royal wedding dress, noting that a key design point was her 16-foot-long veil.
“We questioned ourselves at length,” she says. “A lace edge, is it more or less important or not? Then I proposed an embroidered flower for each of the 53 Commonwealth countries. In a way, they accompanied her to the altar. It was a moment of intense communion.”
She added, “To keep the veil immaculate until the ceremony, the embroiderers washed their hands every 30 minutes. The silk crepe for the dress is double, which gives the silhouette its simplicity and its holding, while remaining supple.”
With eight fittings and endless hours of labor, we now know why the dress looked so flawless!