Meghan Markle made a splash on her wedding day in May 2018 when she walked down the aisle as an American bride at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, marrying a British prince and wearing a French haute couture wedding dress.
Though the Givenchy head designer who created the dress, Clare Waight Keller, was and still is British, Meghan’s decision to depart from the established trend of royal brides buying British for their wedding gowns set a strong and stylish tone for the kind of royal Meghan would be.
Givenchy has become almost synonymous with Meghan – the Duchess of Sussex – and during her working life as a member of the royal family, so many of her most important and memorable outfits were bought from the same house that was responsible for her wedding commission.
Givenchy has been one of the fashion world’s biggest hits since its first collection in 1952. Under the guidance of its founder Hubert de Givenchy (1927-2018), the house has won the favour of the world’s most glamorous women, Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn foremost among them.
As the House of Givenchy celebrates its 70th anniversary this year – the same year Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her own 70th birthday on the British throne – latestpagenews.com looks back at a collection of Meghan Markle’s most memorable Givenchy looks.
Perhaps the most famous and biggest commission Meghan gave Givenchy was her wedding dress.
The pressure of delivering such a high-profile design would worry any house, but for Givenchy, and in particular Clare Waight Keller who worked with Meghan on the dress, the whole process went smoothly.
The resulting dress was stark in its simplicity, reflecting Meghan’s penchant for clean lines and structured silhouettes. The ivory white silk gown with a graphic boat neckline and armband length sleeves has become one of the most talked about royal wedding dresses of all time. After the wedding, the dress was on display as part of a special exhibition at Windsor Castle, along with the tiara Meghan wore on her wedding day.
Shortly after her wedding, Meghan was invited to a rare solo engagement with the Queen. The couple traveled to Cheshire, England, on the royal train to open a bridge and Meghan wore a new elegant Givenchy day dress for the occasion, complete with a closed capelet detail and a black and gold belt.
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 piping. This Givenchy look, like many of her others, was worn with a statement belt from the brand, which featured the signature Greek key motif in gold hardware.
On her first royal trip abroad, in Ireland, Meghan wore a structured midi skirt with welt pockets and a matching Givenchy sweater. To honor her host nation in a way that has been repeated by successive royal wives over many years, Meghan chose an outfit in emerald green, a color closely associated with the country, and paired it with tan accessories.
The Ireland tour showcased another bold and unforgettable Givenchy look in the form of a razor-sharp pantsuit, expertly tailored to the Duchess’s shape to create a stunning look. The suit’s blazer featured Meghan’s preferred sleeve length and underneath the Duchess, the look was softened with a plain white blouse.
As Meghan showed up alone in London for her first solo engagement since marriage in 2018, she wore a statement Givenchy black midi dress with a velvet bib and organza sleeve detailing. This look caught the fashion world’s attention as the confident Meghan stepped out of her car towards the Royal Academy to check out the Oceania exhibition ahead of her scheduled tour of the region.
On her first major overseas tour on behalf of the Queen with Prince Harry, Meghan made visits to a number of South Pacific islands including Tonga, Australia and New Zealand. During a visit to the latter, Meghan debuted a new Givenchy outfit consisting of a royal blue sweater blouse with a pleated midi skirt. The inside of the pleats were finished in a contrasting blue that created a flowing movement as the Duchess performed a traditional royal walkabout.
Like Princess Diana before her, Meghan knew that if there was a chance to indulge in fashion during the royal calendar, the British Fashion Awards was a fitting opportunity to do so. In honor of her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller, Meghan wore an asymmetric black silk shift dress that really flattered her pregnant figure. Designed by Givenchy, the dress was a fitting tribute to Keller, who designed it, and also received the British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award.
Appearing at the annual Endeavor Fund Awards ceremony at London’s Drapers Hall in 2019, Meghan wore an eye-catching outfit that consisted of a black maxi skirt with a prominent slit down one side, paired with a classic-cut white Givenchy cross-button shirt.