Millions of people around the world tuned in this weekend to get a glimpse of the gown that American actress, Meghan Markle would wear as she walked down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle to wed her prince. She shined in a design by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller, the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.
The gown made an impact in its simplicity, timeless silhouette and classic details meant to add “refined modernity.” “True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams,” the Palace shared in its official release. “The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasizes the slender sculpted waist. 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.”
No details were overlooked in her extravagant 16-foot veil embroidered with 53 flowers representing each of the British Commonwealth countries along the trim. “The Commonwealth family of nations – of which Her Majesty The Queen is Head – will be a central part of Prince Harry’s and Ms. Markle’s official work following His Royal Highness’s appointment as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador,” the Palace said in a statement. “Ms. Markle wanted to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of the Commonwealth by incorporating references to its members into the design of her wedding dress.”