Meghan Markle attracted attention on her wedding day in May 2018 by walking down the hall in St George’s Chapel, Windsor as an American bride, marrying a British prince, wearing a French haute couture wedding dress.
Although the chief designer of the house Givenchy who made the dress, Clare Waight Keller, was and still is British, Meghan’s decision to divert from the established trend of royal brides buying British for their wedding dresses set a strong and stylish tone for it. kind of. of royal, as Meghan should turn out to be.
Givenchy has become almost synonymous with Meghan – the Duchess of Sussex – and during her working life as a member of the royal family, many of her most important and memorable clothes were purchased from the same house that was entrusted to her bridal commission.
Givenchy has been one of fashion’s biggest hits since its first collection in 1952. Led by founder Hubert de Givenchy (1927-2018), the house won the favor of the world’s most glamorous women, first and foremost Hollywood movie star Audrey Hepburn.
As the House Givenchy this year celebrates its 70th anniversary, the same year that Queen Elizabeth II celebrates its own 70 years on the British throne, Newsweek looking back at a collection of Meghan Markle’s most memorable Givenchy looks.
Wedding dress, May 19, 2018
Perhaps the best known and biggest commission that Meghan gave Givenchy was her wedding dress.
The pressure to deliver on such a high-profile design would worry any house, but for Givenchy, and especially Clare Waight Keller, who worked with Meghan on the dress, the whole process was taken in their stride.
The resulting dress was of strict simplicity and repeated Meghan’s preference for clean lines and structured silhouettes. The ivory-white silk dress with graphic bateau neckline and bracelet-length sleeves has become one of the most talked about royal wedding dresses ever. After the wedding, the dress was exhibited at Windsor Castle as part of a special exhibition, including the tiara Meghan wore on her wedding day.
Queen’s engagement 14 June 2018
Shortly after her wedding, Meghan was invited on a rare solo engagement with the Queen. The couple traveled by royal train to Cheshire in England to open a bridge, and for the occasion Meghan wore a new, elegant Givenchy day dress with closed capelet detail and a black and gold belt.
Royal Ascot June 19, 2018
Royal Ascot is one of the fashion highlights of the royal year, and for her first – and so far only – appearance at the event, Meghan wore a delicate white shirt dress with elegant white tube embroidery. This Givenchy look, like many of her others, was worn with a statement belt from the brand, which contained the distinctive Greek key motif in gold hardware.
Ireland Green July 10, 2018
On her first royal tour abroad in Ireland, Meghan wore a structured midi skirt with box pockets and a matching sweater from Givenchy. To honor her host nation in a way that was repeated for many years by successive royal women, Meghan chose an outfit in emerald green, a color closely associated with the country, and paired this with tan accessories.
Ireland Pant Suit July 11, 2018
The Ireland trip featured yet another bold and memorable Givenchy look in the form of a razor-sharp trouser suit that was expertly tailored to the Duchess’s form to create a show that stops. The suit’s blazer had Meghan’s favorite length on bracelets and under the Duchess softened the look with a plain white blouse.
Oceania Exhibition, September 25, 2018
When Meghan stepped out alone in London for her first solo engagement since her marriage in 2018, she did so in a black Givenchy midi dress with a velvet bib and organza sleeves. This look caught the attention of the fashion world as the confident Meghan strode from her car towards the Royal Academy to see the Oceania exhibition ahead of her planned tour of the region.
New Zealand October 31, 2018
On her first major overseas tour on behalf of the Queen with Prince Harry, Meghan visited a number of islands in the South Pacific, including Tonga as well as Australia and New Zealand. During a visit to the latter, Meghan debuted with a new Givenchy outfit consisting of a royal blue sweater blouse with a pleated midi skirt. The interior of the folds was made in a contrasting blue color, which created a fluid movement as the Duchess performed a traditional royal walkabout.
British Fashion Awards December 10, 2018
Like Princess Diana before her, Meghan knew that if there was a chance to indulge in fashion in the royal calendar, the British Fashion Awards were a fitting occasion to do so. To honor the designer of her wedding dress, Clare Waight Keller, Meghan wore an asymmetrical black silk spoon dress, which highlighted her pregnant figure to her most pleasing advantage. The Givenchy-designed dress was a fitting tribute to Keller, who designed it and was also the recipient of the British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award.
Endeavor Fund Awards Gala February 7, 2019
At a performance at the annual Endeavor Fund Awards ceremony in London’s Drapers Hall in 2019, Meghan wore an eye-catching outfit that consisted of a black maxi skirt with statement slits up one side, paired with a classic bespoke, cross-closing white shirt both by Givenchy.