Markle met Waight Keller in early 2018 and “chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour,” a statement from Kensington Palace said. “Ms Markle also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy.”
The duo worked closely together on the design, which was created out of double bonded silk cady and had a purity that was achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The graphic open bateau neckline was the focus, in order to “gracefully frame the shoulders and emphasise the slender sculpted waist,” while the lines of the dress extended towards the back “where the train flowed in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza,” the statement continued. “The slim three-quarter sleeves [added] a note of refined modernity,” while the shoes were based on a Givenchy refined pointed couture design made of a silk duchesse satin.
“We wanted to create a timeless piece that would emphasize the iconic codes of Givenchy throughout its history, as well as convey modernity through sleek lines and sharp cuts. In contrast, the delicate floral beauty of the veil was a vision Meghan and I shared, a special gesture embracing the commonwealth flora, ascending the circumference of the silk tulle.” Clare Waight Keller said in her official statement.
The veil was designed to represent the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular composition. Made from five metre-long silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza, it was held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Markle by the Queen. The look was complemented by a Cartier bracelet and earrings.