Jaws dropped when Meghan Markle arrived at St. George's Chapel Saturday for her wedding to Prince Harry — that gorgeous gown was truly one for the ages!
News of who designed the gown broke as Meghan stepped from a vintage Rolls-Royce at the church. In a statement, Kensington Palace confirmed, "Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy."
The first hint of the designer only came early this morning on social media, it was such a well-kept secret.
A little birdie tells me Meghan Markle’s dress has been designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller who is style and art director at Givenchy. #royalwedding— Niraj Tanna (@IkonPictures) May 19, 2018
Bazaar reports Waight Keller is known for her "feminine, romantic aesthetic," and she truly lived up to her reputation, delivering a stunning gown with an open bateau neckline, three-quarter sleeves, a highly sculpted waist, and with a long, sheer, romantic veil.
The train was cushioned by an underskirt made of triple-silk organza.
On Meghan's head sat the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau, the ultimate "something borrowed" as it comes from Queen Elizabeth. The priceless, diamond-and-platinum artifact was created in 1932, with a central, detachable diamond brooch from 1893. Meghan's earrings and bracelets were by Cartier, with shoes by Givenchy.
Kensington Palace confirmed Meghan met with the designer early this year, and was seeking a "timeless and elegant" look. She also wanted to highlight Waight Keller's remarkable career as a Brit who has headed three of the biggest fashion houses in the world — Pringle, Chloé, and Givenchy.
Meghan worked closely with Waight Keller on the design, which used "six meticulously placed seams" to create its pure lines. An extensive serach of fabric mills in Europe resulted in the double-bonded silk cady used to craft the one-of-a-kind creation.
Perhaps the most dazzling aspect of Meghan's gown is its back story — she wanted to have all 53 countries of the Commonwealth referenced, so the designer used floral references to every one of the countries in that mesmerizing veil, which stretched over 16 feet in length.
The dress is likely to go down in history as one of the most popular royal-wedding choices, and will surely be an influential design for years to come.