Meghan Markle's classically flawless Givenchy dress in detail

Meghan Markle's classically flawless Givenchy dress in detail

The Royal wedding was a day filled with love, elegance and unity. The greatly anticipated day brought much entertainment and enjoyment to many around the world.

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Meghan Markle's wedding dress was one of the biggest reveals that we had all been waiting for.

The perfectly white wedding gown with its elegant boat neck was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, who is the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy.

As Ms Markle stepped out at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at midday, the beautiful gown was revealed for the very first time.

We take a look at all the elements that went into the brides look in order to create the perfection of which we witnessed.

The designer

Clare Waight Keller is a designer with many accolades. She was appointed the first female artistic director at Givenchy in 2017 and presented her debut collection for spring/summer earlier this year.

She also served as the creative head of three globally-influential fashion houses - Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy.

Ms Markle met Keller this year. Kensington Palace said that she was chosen because of her "timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanor".

Emma Meek stated that by Ms Markel choosing a woman who is the first female creative head at the fashion house could come across as a "political statement" from the bride.

The bride and the designer worked closely together to create the beautiful dress.

"I think she loved the fact that I was a British designer, and working in a house such as Givenchy which has its roots in a very classical, beautiful style."

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The bodice

The simple, yet elegant gown with a beautiful boat neck framed the shoulders of Ms Marle and pulled in her waist.

The gown was formed using double-bonded silk cady which was accompanied by an underskirt in triple silk organza.

Meghan Markle's classically flawless Givenchy dress in detail

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The veil

Ms Markle was followed by a 5m long white silk veil that draped over her face with dainty floral designs which represented all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. The flower design was suggested by the bride as it was something which is close to her Prince Harry as it is part of their official work after they are married.

A lot of time went into this intricate floral veil. Ms Markel put her personal touch by addinf Wintersweet and the California poppy’s.

David Emanuel, who designed Diana, Princess of Wales's dress, was impressed by the design and said it was "very clever" to include the Commonwealth flowers in the veil.

"I think Diana would have approved."

Meghan Markle's classically flawless Givenchy dress in detail

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The material

The veil was so delicate that dressmakers had to wash their hands regularly during the hundreds of hour that it took to make it. It was hand-embroidered in silk threads and organza.

Emma Meek said that the "enormous silk veil" stood out and the "craft and meaningful decoration" shone above the simple dress.

The tiara

Ms Markle wore a tiara which was lent to her by none other than the Queen herself. She complimented the tiara with an elegant up do by Serge Normant.

The tiara has a detachable brooch at its center which has 10 gorgeous diamonds on it. The diamonds were a gift given to Queen Mary as a wedding present in 1893. The brooch became an addition to the tiara in 1932.

Meghan Markle's classically flawless Givenchy dress in detail

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The bouquet

Like the romantic gentleman that he is, Prince Harry went into their private garden at Kensington Palace on Friday and handpicked seven flowers to add to his brides’ bouquet which was designed by florist Philippa Craddock.

The bouquet included forget-me-nots as a tribute tp the late princess Diana as they were her favorite.

Sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, and sprigs of myrtle, were also part of the beautiful bouquet which was held together by a naturally dyed, raw silk ribbon.

Meghan Markle's classically flawless Givenchy dress in detail

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The shoes

Based on a Givenchy refined pointed couture design, the shoes were made of a silk duchess satin. Simple yet elegant and perfectly complimenting her dress.

What are people saying?

Sara McAlpine, from Elle magazine said that she stayed true to herself.

"Definitely in keeping with her [Ms Markle's] style"

"She's always had a very pared-back style in terms of very simple, refined."

She went on to add that Ms Markle has made a stand "signalling change" with the choice of fashion house Givenchy

Emma Meek added by saying that the design pulled from the classic Givenchy who dressed the flawless Audrey Hepburn . Keeping it classic and very "presidential".

"It brings back that non-fussy, refined simplicity. I am calling it the 'last word in first lady dressing."

"It also has a very American feel to it, quite sporty, preppy."

Elizabeth Von Der Goltz, from fashion brand Net-A-Porter said that the Audrey inspired dress was fitting.

"Audrey having been an actress, and Meghan as an actress seemed really fitting."

People were very impressed and held onto the female industry leader aspect, stating that it was a great way to put women first and highlight female empowerment in the world of fashion, Briefly.co.za gathered.

Vogue's digital editor Alice Casely-Hayford said that Waight Keller was a great choice and a "brilliant recognition for fashion's female industry leaders".

Jade Beer, editor of Brides magazine was blown away and felt the woman power too.

"Had anyone been looking at the Givenchy Spring 2018 couture collection, they would have seen all the hallmarks of Meghan's wedding dress - bateau necklines, more fluid structure and a nod to soft tailoring.”

"Real women will look at this dress and feel it is the definition of the ultimate chic understated wedding gown."

Prince Harry

As a royal norm, Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge wore the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals. Prince Harry was given permission from the Queen to get married in his uniform.

The uniforms were seamlessly tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row, specialists in military uniforms.

Meghan Markle's classically flawless Givenchy dress in detail

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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