The Duchess opted for a tuxedo dress for tonight’s visit to Courtenay Creative in Wellington.
The PA’s Alexander Britton shared a video as the royals were welcomed by Lord of the Rings Urakhai Orc soldiers.
— Alexander Britton (@adbritton) October 29, 2018
The facility is described as “… a fantasy horror make-up, costume and virtual-reality facility” by the New Zealand Herald. It will be a training center for the creative industries.
Meghan and Harry met actors and models during the visit.
A new exhibition at the space, ‘Things That Go Bump In The Night,’ just opened that showcases the work of fantasy horror artists. The exhibit was curated by Gino Acevedo, the award-winning visual effects director for films like Alien 3, Avatar, King Kong, and The Lord of The Rings. New Zealand was home to multiple location shoots for the Lord of the Rings films.
Prince Harry was fascinated by some of the costumes and makeup. More from this New Zealand Herald story:
The royals were particularly impressed by Evans Bay Intermediate student Ruby Acevedo, 12, who had been transformed into a chimp from Planet of the Apes by her father Gino, a creative art director at Weta Digital.
Prince Harry came close to her face and asked if he could touch it, which he did. Meghan asked, “How long did it take?” and Gino explained the mask/mould techniques he used on Lord of the Rings. The Prince asked Ruby if she wanted to take a walk outside wearing it.
Kensington Palace posted a brief video from the event.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 29, 2018
As seen on the Maggie Marilyn site, the dress is 100% cotton. It has an A-line silhouette, double-breasted styling, and notched lapels. In addition to having the sleeves removed, Meghan has added on-seam pockets. The dress is available at Neiman Marcus ($645), at Net-a-Porter ($650) and also at Bergdorf Goodman ($645). Maggie Marilyn is taking pre-orders for the long-sleeved dress with delivery promised in four to six weeks. That price is $1020 NZD, roughly $670 USD at today’s exchange rates.24-year-old Maggie Marilyn Hewitt is the label’s founder. Committed to sustainable fashion, the company’s tagline is “Liveable luxury consciously created in New Zealand.” More from a Vogue piece:
…the ruffled, Crayola-striped dresses that reappear in most collections are actually made from ethically produced silk, and her oversize shirting is done with certified natural dyes that require less water.
She’s also mindful of the social impact of her clothes, so she works with local factories in her native New Zealand, where she’s reinvigorated the clothing manufacturing industry, and sources her silks from a family-run mill in China that supports its entire village.
Meghan was in her Manolo Blahnik BB heels again this evening.
The Duchess wore the Tattoo Diamond Pendant that we first saw last night.
It looks like Meghan was wearing earrings that were given to her as a gift just yesterday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave the Duchess a pair of earrings by Boh Runga, a musician and designer.
As explained by the artist in an Instagram post: “The gold discologo stud features the native Miromiro feather, reworked into a kiss motif. In Māori mythology the Miromiro feather was a magic token of devotion that would bring loved ones back to you.”
From a Stuff NZ piece:
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern personally gifted Prince Harry two music records from New Zealand band Shapeshifter – The System Is A Vampire CD and a Stars vinyl – and a pair of Boh Runga feather earrings to Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.
Ardern said she gave them the gifts in person and was given a gift in return – a charity recipe book helping families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
Below you see the Prime Minister (second from the right) at last night’s reception celebrating 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
Meghan did not appear to have a handbag tonight.
Here is a look at tomorrow’s engagements:
- Meghan & Harry will visit the North Shore to dedicate an area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. They will also join children from the ‘Trees in Survival’ group in a ‘welly-wanging’ contest.
- The couple visits Pillars, a charity supporting children who have a parent in prison. As a wedding present to The Duke and Duchess, the Government of New Zealand gifted $5000 dollars to Pillars, and Their Royal Highnesses will have the opportunity to meet some of the children who have directly benefited from this funding.
- The Duke and Duchess visit the Viaduct Harbour, before attending a reception hosted by the PM at the Auckland War Memorial Museum that will include performances by members of the Pasifika community living in Auckland ages 17 to 25 who are making significant contributions to the well-being of their communities.
And our graphic look at what Meghan wore tonight.