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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Watch: Meghan Markle’s designer reveals thought process behind the royal wedding dress

Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller says the outfit emphasised the Givenchy codes with its modern lines, clean cuts and floral delicacy

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ride in an Ascot Landau carriage at Windsor Castle after their wedding in Windsor. Reuters 
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ride in an Ascot Landau carriage at Windsor Castle after their wedding in Windsor. Reuters 

The first woman to head Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller is also the only designer at the house to have met the founder, Hubert de Givenchy, who passed away earlier this year. Only the second woman to lead a major LVMH house (alongside Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior), Waight Keller was appointed in May last year, five months after Tisci’s departure. Starting as a stylist for Calvin Klein, Waight Keller joined the womenswear studio at Gucci, before moving to Pringle as artistic director in 2006.

She was named Designer of the Year in 2007 by the Scottish Fashion Awards in recognition of her work. In 2011, she accepted the artistic directorship role at Chloé in Paris, and there honed a feminine style that proved a success with customers. Now at Givenchy, she is responsible for ready-to-wear, couture and, of course, the wedding dress of the year.

Sketched of the wedding dress by Givenchy. Photo by Alexi Lubomirski
Sketch of the wedding dress by Givenchy. Photo by Alexi Lubomirski

Watch what the designer has to say about the dress in the videos below.

Clare Waight Keller on how the collaboration came about:

On the process from sketch to final scale:

On working with Meghan Markle, the veil boys and Prince Harry's reaction to the outfit:

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Read more:

Dressing the royal bride: the inspiration behind Meghan Markle's dress, veil, jewellery and shoes

Hubert de Givenchy: Remembering the master of 'the little black dress'

The rise of the female creative director

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