The designer is currently the Artistic Director at House of Givenchy and spoke of how she got to know the new Duchess of Sussex in the lead-up to her nuptials.
"It is truly an honor to have been given the opportunity to closely collaborate with Meghan Markle on such a remarkable occasion," she said in a statement. "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."
Going for a minimalistic look, the Parisian Haute Couture atelier founded in 1952, was certainly a great choice for Meghan as she tied the knot to Prince Harry. They achieved pure lines with six "meticulously placed" seams, leaving the focus on her graphic open bateau neckline, showing off the shoulders and also placing attention on her slim waist.
And theres more where that came from … wait until you see the back. The clean lines lead to the train which "flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza." Meghan's three-quarter sleeves were also a nice modern touch.
Think that's amazing? Then there's the veil.
Markle wanted to incorporate all 53 countries of the Commonwealth so Waight Keller designed a veil with flowers representing each country.
"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," she adds.
The shoes were inspired by Givenchy refined pointed SS18 Haute Couture and were made of a silk duchess satin.
"As a British designer at a Parisian Haute Couture house, and on behalf of all us at Givenchy who have been able to experience such an extraordinary process of creativity, I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished and grateful to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Kensington Palace for allowing us to be part of this historical chapter," Waight Keller continues in her statement. "It has been an immensely rewarding experience to get to know Meghan on a personal level, one I will forever carry with me. The House of Givenchy joins me in wishing her and Prince Harry every wish of happiness in their future."
Meghan's six young bridesmaids also got a piece of the designer love: their dresses were hand crafted in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris. High-waisted with short puff sleeves and hand finished with a double silk ribbon detail tied at the back in a bow, the ivory silk radzimir dresses include pockets and pleated skirts, in keeping with the relaxed theme of the wedding.
The Commonwealth Countries
- Antigua and Barbuda
- New Zealand
- New Guinea
- Republic of Cyprus
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- St Christopher and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Swaziland
- The Bahamas
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom
- United Republic of Tanzania