Royal wedding: The only dress everyone's talking about
by Claire Muffett-Reece
When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry on Saturday, the whole world waited with baited breath to catch a glimpse of her wedding dress. Who would design it and what would it look like?
As expected, the newly-titled Duchess of Sussex looked nothing short of breathtaking. We caught up with renowned bridal designer Caroline Castigliano to ask what she thought of Meghan’s glamorous style…
What did you think of Meghan’s bridal gown?
‘I have been counting down the days speculating Meghan’s dress designer, with the Duchess making her moment in history wearing British designer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. The gown certainly meets Meghan Markle’s taste for elegant aesthetic and smart tailoring – it was absolutely beautiful! I also loved the way she chose to acknowledge the 53 countries of the commonwealth by having the design represented on her veil.’
Talk to us about the dress…
‘Meghan made her entrance in a minimal gown, differentiating herself from Kate, who did it all in lace. She entered St George’s Chapel in a moment of history with a simplistic style, giving her nod to the Queen by following the Royal tradition of wearing a long sleeve. Her bateau neck wedding dress featured a wide neckline that followed the curve of the collarbone and ended at her shoulders. She’s certainly created a name for herself fashion-wise, following in the footsteps of Princess Diana, who was a fashion icon in the public eye for 16 years.’
Was the dress what you expected?
‘I believed the gown would be a very straight, fitted dress, with a big nine-foot train coming off from the side to create some drama. I also thought she would have a bit of lace, and there is some lace detailing on the veils. As for the designer, initially we thought the gown would be Ralph & Russo, but the brand has been in the press a great deal ahead of the wedding, which is an unusual move if they were actually going to be the designer. Ralph & Russo gowns are also super-expensive, so wearing a £100,000 wedding gown may have seemed ostentatious to the public. On the day itself our bets were on Stella McCartney, but as Oprah and Amal Clooney both arrived wearing the name I realised it could not be the case!’
How does the Duchess of Sussex’s gown compare to the Duchess of Cambridge’s back in 2011?
‘The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress was one of lace decorum – she looked really elegant as a bride and Kate gave us a royal dress to remember. Meghan has totally differentiated her style here by wearing a plain gown, rather than lace, and the shaping is totally different as well.’
How does Meghan’s dress compare to the one she wore to get married in Suits?
‘Meghan’s gown is totally the opposite to what we saw in Suits, which was a v-neck design by Atlanta-based Anne Barge. Her wedding look in the TV show was quite bohemian and princess-like, compared with Meghan’s demure look on Saturday. In complete contrast, the wedding gown on Suits was beaded and accessorised with a black belt, whereas Meghan wore minimal accessories when she said ‘I do’ to Prince Harry. Her gown in Suits was certainly sassy, but she had to please the Queen and country when she became a Duchess and opted for tradition instead.’