While Meghan Markle looked stunning on her wedding day, it took several tries for her to find the perfect dress. Clare Waight Keller, th dress designer, claims that a total of eight gowns were tried on for the royal wedding until they finally found “the one”.
On an interview with Paris Match, Waight Keller revealed that she met Markle in January to plan the wedding dress and that Markle is also a “strong woman who knows exactly what she wants.”
Waight Keller was a surprising choice for a wedding dress designer — not as popular as the other options that were being discussed, but still very well regarded among her peers. Harper’s Bazaar reports that Keller has had a long and successful career, being the artistic director of Givenchy and previously having the same position at Chloe, another French brand.
Kensington Palace claims that Waight Keller was chosen by Markle due to several factors, including the fact that she’s a British designer and that she’s also had an impressive career.
After meeting Ms. Waight Keller in early 2018, Ms. Markle chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour. 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.
For her part, Waight Keller is extremely happy with the dress and with her experience working with the Duchess of Sussex. “It is an immense honor to have worked closely with Meghan and to have lived by her side all these special moments. Prince Harry came to me and said, ‘Oh my God. Thank you. She is absolutely magnificent.’ I am very proud. It’s a fairy tale. A dream come true.”