Now that Meghan Markle’s dress is revealed, many are playing “Monday morning quarterback”, accessing her dress and commenting. Amazingly the post-wedding comments are all positive. Many have focused on the seamless yet unconventional ceremony that no doubt pushed the boundaries of royal tradition. At its core, the wedding that captures the world’s imagination is just as much a union between two cultures as it is two people in love, who just happen to be a British Prince and an American actress. Ms. Markle gave up her career and her country for love is fully invested in her new role; her choice of bridal gown is a statement, without a word said.
The simplicity of her wedding gown and the way she carried herself speaks volumes about Ms. Markle. She chose an unembellished fit and flare gown designed by the British Clare Waight Keller, who took the reigns of Givenchy last year. The boat-neckline framed her face, while the slim 3/4 sleeves adhered to the church rules. There was not a pearl, crystal or touch of lace or embroidery in sight except for the train which had 64 tiny hand embroidered flowers to represent the countries of the Commonwealth. It takes a confident woman to wear an understated dress while the entire universe is watching. The starkness was echoed with natural makeup and a low bun and simple post earrings, no necklace. She seemed to be saying that she didn’t want to be upstaged by her gown.
The second dress was equally sleek by British designer, Stella McCartney. It was even more ravishing with a high neck and a high cut armhole and fit and flair, but still well within the realm of classicism. As an actress, she’s done sexy a million times. Her restraint and willingness to adhere to Royal convention is a sign of how much she loves Harry. She’s given up a lot but she’s gained a lot and her chosen style seems to be saying she is “all in” for whatever it takes to be Harry’s partner.
Ines di Santo, Bridal Fall 2017, New York, October 7 2016The un-embellished trend will no doubt be emulated by many brides and opens the door for brides that the designer, Amsale ( who recently passed away), has advocated since she began designing. Both Justin Alexander and Ines Di Santo designed simple gowns in their recent runway collections. These gowns rely on the silhouette instead of icing the cake to cover up the shape. These dresses exude confidence but now that the Duchess of Sussex opened the door, brides can walk in and wear sleek gowns for their wedding.