Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy marries crisp lines with demure formality in Meghan Markle gown
The dress of the year turned out to be beautifully simple. Clare Waight Keller, who in 2017 became the first female artistic designer to lead the historic house of Givenchy, created a haute couture dress of clean lines and timeless elegance, with minimal adornment on snowy silk.
The spectacular gown whose secret was successfully kept marks a huge moment for 47-year-old Waight Keller, who helmed Chlo and Pringle before joining Givenchy. Her Paris fashion week collections for Givenchy have won praise for their modern glamour, but this commission will catapult her name to a new level.
The design recalled Hubert de Givenchys most famous client, Audrey Hepburn, with a bateau neckline similar to the wedding dress worn by the actor in the 1957 film Funny Face, for which Givenchy made the wardrobe.
After the chaos of the days leading up to the ceremony, the dress turned out to be one element of the narrative over which the wedding party had retained smooth control. Waight Kellers name was barely mentioned among the runners and riders in the rumour mill. For fashion observers who had been led to expect a gown by Ralph & Russo, known for their lavishly decorated, crystal-bedecked gowns, this pure white dress looked like a long, cool glass of water.
By choosing a British woman to make her dress, the Duchess of Sussex followed in the footsteps of her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge, whose 2011 gown was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
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