We are back with some wedding-related tidbits, beginning with The Dress.
We didn’t have time in Saturday or Tuesday’s post for some of the additional detail about Meghan’s dress and wanted to share them with you.
Sketches of the dress were released Sunday by Clare Waight Keller and Givenchy.
A view from the side.
If wondering where the designer, Clare Waight Keller, was on Saturday, this photo answers the question.
She is quoted in this Us story.
It was an important part of the moment when she walked out of the car, was for me to really be there and make the veil absolutely perfect,” Keller revealed. “I knew the dress as she went up the steps would make this beautiful line. With the veil being so long, I wanted just to make it absolutely spectacular. So I handed it to the two boys and they did an amazing job.
That was really Meghan’s idea,” she continued. “They were adorable two boys and they did a fantastic job, I have to say. It was important that they placed themselves in the right spot.
Those two boys are twins Brian and John Mulroney.
The seven-year-olds are Jessica Mulroney’s sons; she is one of Meghan’s closest friends, as well as a bridal stylist.
You may recall the veil is decorated with 53 floral designs representing the 53 Commonwealth countries. Two additional designs were included; the Wintersweet flower that grows in front of Meghan and Harry’s Nottingham Cottage home; the California Poppy from Meghan’s home state.
The veil was made from silk tulle; silk threads and organza were used to create the hand-embroidered flowers. More from Women’s Wear Daily:
Each flower was worked flat, in three dimensions, to create a unique and delicate design. The palace said the workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously sewing and washing their hands every 30 minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.
How did Meghan and the designer connect? She was one of many on a list of names put together by Jessica Mulroney. More from an exclusive Harper’s Bazaar’s story by Omid Scobie:
Clare Waight Keller had earlier in 2017 been appointed the first female artistic director at the house of Givenchy—a brand Markle had been a fan of for many years. While a French couture house may not have been the most obvious choice, Keller ticked the most important box—a Birmingham-born Brit who could fly the flag for British fashion at the most-watched royal wedding ever.
Meghan’s initial meeting with the designer was in London before Christmas. In mid-January Meghan told Ms. Waight Keller she was the designer she wanted to make her dress.
During Keller’s second meeting with Markle and Mulroney on January 11, Markle told the designer she chose her to create the dress—a secret Keller would have to keep from everyone—even her own family—until the wedding day.
“It was an extraordinary moment when she told me,” says Keller. “It was an incredible thing to be part of, such an historic moment, and to have the opportunity to work with her—it was a wonderful way to start the collaboration with her.”
In the following weeks, sketches went back and forth between Markle and Keller, with the pair establishing a fast friendship through texts, phone calls and brief meetings.
More from the Bazaar piece:
In mid-February, Markle secretly visited Keller at a property in South West London, where the designer keeps an archive of designs and pieces from her work with Chloé and Pringle of Scotland, sketches and catalogues from the House of Givenchy and an array of fabric samples and archival runway looks. Markle arrived in a discreet-looking town car and walked in without security or an assistant for the nearly two-hour meeting.
The behind-the-scenes story is a great read; you can see it in its entirety by clicking here. You can hear the designer speaking about the dress and working with Meghan in this video.
Clare Waight Keller, who designed Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, said it was an “enormous honour” to have been given one of fashion’s most coveted jobs ahead of the royal wedding.
— ITV News (@itvnews) May 20, 2018
How did Harry like the dress?
This Telegraph story has the answer :
Prince Harry thanked Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer for her role in making his bride look “absolutely stunning”, she has disclosed.
Birmingham-born Clare Waight Keller revealed the new Duke of Sussex spoke to her after the ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Sunday.
“He came straight up to me and he said ‘oh my God, thank you, she looks absolutely stunning’,” she said.
We also know a little more about the second dress worn by the bride on Saturday, the Stella McCartney design.
A Women’s Wear Daily’s story includes a sketch of the Stella McCartney dress worn Saturday night.
The dress is described as being made of silk crepe de chine in lily-white. More from the Stella McCartney site:
The unique gown features a delicate high neck that seamlessly drapes to a scooped back, creating an elegant, refined and effortlessly feminine silhouette. Sumptuous layers of pristine fabric gently gather at the gown’s base to unfurl and ripple.
The page on the site includes a statement from the designer:
I am so proud and honored to have been chosen by the Duchess of Sussex to make her evening gown and represent British design,” said McCartney. “It has truly been one of the most humbling moments of my career and I am so proud of all the team on this stunning sunny royal day.
A few quick items:
Meghan continued a tradition started in 1923 by the Queen Mother.
Her bouquet was placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.
Also, there is now a Duchess of Sussex page on the Royal Family website.
A note for our readers in the EU, as well as anyone receiving umpteen emails titled “Privacy Notice” or something akin to that. The flurry is driven by companies trying to be compliant with the new GDPR regulations going into effect in Europe. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. More from USA Today:
Almost everybody who uses an online service or app that handles their data has been getting a flood of emails advising of privacy-policy changes
And it’s not the U.S. behind the tech industry’s recent flurry of updates. Instead, the European Union has been driving these changes with a sweeping set of privacy rules that will go into effect May 25 — and which are also yielding benefits on this side of the Atlantic.
We’ll leave you with this video from last Saturday.
— British Army (@BritishArmy) May 21, 2018