Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Designer, Clare Waight Keller, Shares Rare Photos And More Details About Her Iconic Gown
It was the wedding of the century -- when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry exchanged their vows in front of the world -- and now the designer behind the iconic dress has decided to talk about her creation.
On Friday, via Instagram, Clare Waight Keller, the former Givenchy creative director who designed Meghan's simple and sophisticated dress, shared a few details about it and explained how she connected with the woman who wore it.
The designer opened up about the lengthy process to make the dress and how honored she was to be selected to create a prestigious wedding dress.
Accompanying a few rare photos, she wrote: “Two years ago today, I was in the final fittings for a very secret dress. So many emotions were running through me during those months leading up to the big day,” Clare wrote on Instagram. “A wedding dress is one of the most exquisite and beautiful moments for a designer, but also personally as a woman artist, creator there is a lot of sensitivity that flows through the process from the knowledge and understanding of the feelings that you have as a bride.”
She added: “It’s a unique point of view when you have been through it yourself, as I did at my wedding to my beloved husband 20 years ago, you remember every moment so clearly and realize the significance of every detail and decision. In so many ways, you are capturing dreams, that as a girl and as you become a woman, you will have been thinking about for years. Learning to let go of my emotions and embrace the feelings of someone you are designing for brings about an incredibly beautiful relationship of trust and intimacy.”
Clare had this to say about Meghan: “Through hours of conversation, meetings together, and research, slowly all the pieces of that story came together. Purity and simplicity were the guiding principles, a narrative of nature through the 53 florals of the Commonwealth to bring the world into the journey of the ceremony and subtlety bringing the lines of Givenchy and the history of the Maison to capture the classical, timeless beauty I knew she wanted to achieve. It was obvious the significance of this occasion was more than any other, and it would be a very personal ceremony with so many choices that would reflect both the bride and groom's heritage and their unique way of being incredibly inclusive, genuine, and generous.”
One fan chimed in: "Such a beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated wedding dress, my dream wedding dress."
Another commenter shared: "Perfection 👌🏻 Hope to see more of your artistic excellence in future projects.❤️"
This backer explained: "Wow!! Claire, you did a Great Job. Bravo to all independent Strong Women. 👏👏👏❤️❤️"
The details of the historic dress are intriguing.