Jaws dropped around the world on Saturday morning when now Duchess Meghan Markle stepped out onto the stairs of St. George’s Chapel in a custom made Givenchy gown. House designer Clare Waight Keller had the honors of designing the look after a “short meeting” with Meghan in January. She’s now opening up about the process and just how great it was to collab with Ms. Meghan.
“It was an extraordinary moment when she told me,” Keller says. “It was an incredible thing to be part of, such an historic moment and, in fact, to have the opportunity to work with her.” She goes on to explain the “very collaborative” effort she made with Meghan to create the dress following many conversations and sketches. She notes that over time and “having tried some mock-ups,” plans eventually evolved into the final dress we saw on Saturday.
They settled on the three-quarter-sleeve white silk gown with an open bateau neckline. Keller also created the veil, which featured the flowers of all 53 Commonwealth Nations on its trim. And in case you needed a reminder of how sweet Meghan actually is, Keller says, “She is just exactly what you see on TV. She is just so genuine and warm and radiant. She is just glowing. And she’s a strong woman. She knows what she wants. Really, it was an absolute joy working with her.”