For months we've been wondering what Meghan Markle's wedding dress would look like. When she stepped out of the Queen's vintage Rolls Royce on Saturday morning at St. George's Chapel, some fans felt let down by the Givenchy design.
"OK,, she looks great, but I have to say [the dress is] a bit conservative. I was expecting more," one friend texted me. I suggested that perhaps Meghan wanted to tone things down since this was her second marriage, to which my friend responded, "Yeah, but it's her first royal wedding."
Meghan selected Clare Waight Keller, artistic director at Givenchy, to design her silk cady gown. After meeting earlier this year, the women worked on customizing the design while still retaining elements of the French fashion house. The neckline, a graphic open bateau, framed Meghan’s shoulders in order to emphasize a sculpted waist.
According to a press release from Kensington Palace, the Duchess of Sussex’s dress “epitomizes 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.”
The 16-foot veil paid tribute to the flora from 53 countries that make up the Commonwealth, of which the Queen is head. Meghan also added Wintersweet, which is grown on the grounds on the home she shares with Harry, as well as the California poppy, a nod to her home state.
Yours truly thought it was the perfect dress for Markle. Others concurred:
One more look!