When Meghan Markle got out of the car to marry Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle last May, over a billion eyes were on the actress-turned-royal – and her haute couture wedding dress.
“I had no idea how important this was going to be. The last time there was a royal wedding, there wasn’t really Instagram, or any of those huge social networks. So that really caught me off guard, actually, ”Markle’s dress designer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, recently told TIME of the viral attention his creation has received.
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Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex and who is to accompany her every day with her and Prince Harry’s first child, donned the fitted pure white mermaid dress with a bateau neckline, three-quarter sleeves and a train chapel length on his special day. She paired the dress with Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara and an extra-long cathedral-length lace veil embroidered with flowers.
“The idea of this purity was really modern. I think it was good so far, and it was good for her, ”Keller added of the dress.
Keller, who was recently named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019, and her dress for Markle even got a nod from actress Julianne Moore, who wrote the designer’s essay for the publication list.
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“Clare stood out because she learned the trade so successfully and artistically, and because her clothes reflected the innate human and beauty. Clare’s simple wedding dress for Meghan Markle was just that – a reflection of the charming, modern young lady who happens to be a 21st century princess, ”Moore wrote, in part. “The world took their breaths when they saw this bride, and everyone wanted to know who made this dress.”
The dress also received approval from one of fashion’s fiercest critics: Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Janine Puhak of Fox News contributed to this report.