Three designers share their predictions for the bridal gown they can imagine Meghan wearing on May 19...
It’s reported that Meghan Markle has already chosen the designer for her wedding dress but there’s still little clue about which designer she has picked and the style of bridal gown she will wear. Meghan has previously shown a keen interest in Canadian designers and is a big fan of prestigious Canadian jewellery brand Maison Birks - Prince Harry even gifted her a ring from the Canadian jewellers when the couple were dating. A nod to her last hometown Toronto would be a meaningful gesture and Meghan may decide to wear bridal jewellery from the Canadian designer on her special day.
When it comes to the dress however, we think Meghan will embrace her new home and choose a British designer. Meghan already wore the now iconic Ralph and Russo gown for the official engagement picture so it would be no surprise if she embraced this luxury haute couture British designer for her wedding dress.
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Meghan has also voiced her appreciation for more unusual brands such as French bridal designer Delphine Manivet and European designer Christos Costarellos - praising them for their uniqueness and beauty. Is this love for unique and beautiful clothing a hint to what her dress could look like? Elie Saab has also been another high profile designer to receive praise from the future Royal.
With White Gallery being the platform for high end luxury designers to showcase their collections, they are perfectly placed experts to offer their inspiration and ideas on what style of wedding dress Meghan may choose for the upcoming Royal wedding.
The team at Eliza Jane Howell predict a glamorous wedding gown with lots of embellishment, stepping away from the traditional lace chosen by the Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton for their wedding days. She predicts: "We feel that Meghan should embrace our look of old Hollywood glamour and go for beading rather than lace worn by Kate and Pippa. As this is her second wedding she should be much bolder with her look and exude style and confidence too and definitely not go down the route of a very traditional bridal gown."
Sketch by Eliza Jane Howell
British designer Caroline Castigliano is the connoisseur of handcrafted luxury bridal wear. Known for her understated classic designs with a glamorous but effortless feel, Castigliano has dressed some of the world’s most stylish women for their weddings and red carpet events.
Sketches by Caroline Castigliano
Her prediction on what Miss Markle will wear walking down the aisle? "I think Meghan will wear a gown that is classic yet sensual and stylish with a modern highlight. I have sketched a gown in a beautiful silk zibeline that has a wonderful structure and soft sheen to the finish. The skirt is styled flat into the waist that will sculpt and show Megan’s slim waistline - it then flows out to a full skirt mounted so it holds its shape. The bodice is a boat neck with long lace sleeves in a French Chantilly lace and follows through to a low V back in sheer Chantilly lace with the gleam of her skin tone showing through the lace. I think this gown would be show stopping. It would be a nod to tradition that would be expected and required from the Royal household but would also show her personal sense of style."
Dress by Elbeth Gillis
Elbeth Gillis, the wedding and couture dress designer who is renowned for sheer luxury and a sophistication that transcends time, has a very clear vision of what Meghan will grace the aisle in. She explains: "If Meghan’s wardrobe from the TV series, Suits, gives us any indication of her personal sense of style, then her dress sense is enduringly classic. She’s feminine and sophisticated, with a hint of sensuality. She can also be sporty; she’s got a figure that’s both willowy and athletic – lucky woman! I think the wedding dress that Meghan will have designed for her will have strong clean lines, maybe with a 1950’s flair, but it’ll still need to consider royal etiquette."
London Bridal Week and White Gallery will be taking place March 25-27 and are open to trade and media only.