“As a British designer at a Parisian Haute Couture house and on behalf of all of us at Givenchy who have been able to experience such an extraordinary process of creativity, I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished and grateful to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Kensington Palace for allowing us to be part of this historical chapter.” – Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director of Givenchy
THE MAISON HERITAGE
The timeless minimalism elegance of the royal wedding dress by haute couture Givenchy was showcasing the renowned Parisian Haute Couture atelier’s expertise in craftsmanship since 1952. The focus of the dress is a 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.
A UNION SYMBOLIZED VEIL
To fulfil Meghan Markle’s wishes on having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony, Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one floral composition!
The veil is beautifully made from silk tulle with a trim of hand, embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. The length of it is five meters.
Each flower was worked flat, in three dimensions to create a unique and delicate design. The workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously sewing and washing their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.
Meghan Markle also selected two personal favourites in addition to the flora of the Commonwealth; the wintersweet, which grows in front of Nottingham Cottage where she and Prince Harry lives, and the California poppy, the state flower of Meghan’s birthplace, California.
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Givenchy also added crops of wheat – symmetrically placed at the very front of the veil – which is delicately embroidered and blend into the flora, to symbolize love and charity.
THE PERFECT SHOES
Perfecting the structured dress look, Meghan Markle wore pointy shoes. They are based on the Givenchy refined pointed SS18 Haute Couture design made of a silk duchess satin.
All the six young bridesmaids’ dresses are also handcrafted in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris. The dresses were designed to have the same timeless purity as Ms. Markle’s dress. Each of the dresses is sculpted in ivory silk radzimir and high waisted with short puff sleeves and hand-finished with a double silk ribbon detail tied at the back in a bow. The bridesmaids’ dresses include pockets and pleated skirts to create a relaxed and luxurious silhouette.
“It has been an immensely rewarding experience to get to know Meghan on a personal level, one I will forever carry with me. The House of Givenchy joins me in wishing her and Prince Harry every wish of happiness in their future.” – Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director of Givenchy