This Is Why Stella McCartney Thinks She Was Chosen to Design Meghan Markle's Wedding Reception Dress

The gig of a lifetime

Updated 08/07/18

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You've seen it, you've lusted over it, and you even had the chance to buy it for yourself—we're talking about Meghan Markle's head-turning, figure-flattering halter-neck wedding reception dress, designed by Stella McCartney. The British fashion icon's famed frock will no doubt pave the way for plenty of upcoming trends and lookalike styles (even other royals are taking a cue from Meghan). But, of all the designers in the fashion sphere, why did the recently minted Duchess of Sussex ultimately decide to commission McCartney for the task?

In an interview for Elle's sustainability-focused September issue, McCartney shared her thoughts on why Meghan knew she was "The One." And, it goes way beyond just the dress's outward appearance. "I think Meghan chose me for reasons other than just a beautiful dress—plenty of people can do that," McCartney told Elle. "She is not a difficult client to make look beautiful."

Instead, the 46-year-old lifelong vegetarian and animal rights activist largely attributes her successful relationship with Meghan Markle (and numerous other A-list clients) to her feminist and environmentally-conscious mindset. McCartney, who designed pieces for the royal bride even before the wedding, says the pair first clicked while chatting over the environment.

"And I think, obviously, I am a British designer, but I think being a woman and being a women’s woman played a part," McCartney added regarding Meghan's reception dress decision.

In June, the designer also revealed more details behind the collaborative royal wedding design process to BBC. Although McCarthy noted that " it was very much [Meghan's] dress," she added that the duo "worked together" to create the gorgeous finished product. "I mean, when you come to a wedding, you don't just go, 'Here, this is what you're wearing.' It's like that person has to feel like a million dollars. They need to feel like they own it," she said.

And, the royal wedding kept McCartney busy with more than just Meghan's gown. She designed guest looks for two fellow female icons—Oprah Winfrey and Amal Clooney. Clooney's yellow dress was even sourced from sustainable viscose that was three years in the making! Here's to Stella McCartney paving the way toward more eco-friendly fashion and many, many royal-worthy halter neck gowns.

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