Meghan Markle & Givenchy – Designing a Royal Dress

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry – The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Clare Waight Keller’s Givenchy fashion house takes on the challenge of designing the royal wedding dress for stunning new bride, Meghan Markle.

Though a French fashion house, the label is led by the Birmingham-born Clare Waight Keller, its first female artistic director. The 47-year-old was appointed in 2017, replacing Italian Riccardo Tisci. The label’s founder, Hubert de Givenchy, designed the short, long-sleeve wedding dress Audrey Hepburn wore to wed her second husband, Andrea Dotti, in 1969. Her iconic black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is also the work of Givenchy.

Waight Keller comments: “True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. 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. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.”