The ‘Meghan Markle effect’ shows no sign of abating.
After designing the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress in May 2018, Clare Waight Keller, creative director of French fashion house Givenchy, has been appointed one of Time’s 100 most influential people.
“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 woman who happens to be a 21st century princess, ”Julianne Moore wrote for the magazine. “The world took their breaths when they saw this bride, and everyone wanted to know who made this dress.”
The dress, which featured a bateau neckline and three-quarter sleeves inspired by the Audrey Hepburn “Funny Face” look by Hubert de Givenchy, was made with a matching veil five meters long with hand-embroidered flora from every country in the Commonwealth of Nations.
Waight Keller also designed dresses for Markle’s six young bridesmaids, including Princess Charlotte.
The luxury brand is clearly a Markle favorite. She has worn looks that are simple but adapted by Givenchy to many different social engagements since her marriage to Prince Harry, and in December the Duchess even made a surprise visit to the British Fashion Awards to present Waight Keller with the British Designer Award. of women’s clothing of the year.
“I got to know Meghan on such a personal level,” the designer said during the awards show. “Having someone like that trust you at an amazing time in their life is something that is just the most amazing honor. And I can’t thank you enough because it was the happiest time.
Other members of the fashion and beauty industry who have been honored by Time this year include makeup artist Pat McGrath, creative director of Valentino Pierpaolo Piccioli, and Rent the Runway founder Jennifer Hyman.