Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s much-anticipated engagement announcement has come and gone, and the question on everyone’s lips now is who will make the bride’s dress.
Having been married once in real life and once (almost) on TV, Meghan surely has some very set ideas of what she’d like, and potential dress designers so far seem to include some of the biggest names in the couture business.
When Kate married Wills in 2011, she did so in a wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Meghan may well follow suit, as Burton is hugely talented and understands the demands of a royal bride. Choosing Burton would also be a nod towards Meghan’s newfound British citizenship, as it’s hard to find another designer so quintessentially English. However, Meghan may feel that she’d be following a little too closely in Kate’s footsteps, and this may steer her more towards another designer instead.
Although Nonoo is far more famous for her women’s ready to wear line, she may well be Meghan’s first pick as she is close and trusted friend. Nonoo has had the inside scoop on how the fairy tale romance with the Prince unfolded and knows exactly what Meghan likes. If she does not make the wedding dress, the American-based designer may make a party frock for the reception, and Meghan could pull a Kate by changing into something a little sexier after she’s walked down the aisle.
Berardi is already a favourite of Meghan’s, and his knack for creating clothes with a sleek silhouette makes him an excellent choice for a wedding dress. Meghan has been spotted in his Resort 2017 collection a few times when out with Harry, and it’s clear she loves the British born designer’s clothes.
Meghan has already donned a wedding dress by Barge when her Suits character Rachel Zoe almost married Mike. Barge is renowned for creating fairy tale dresses, and the fact that Meghan has worked with her before may be in her favour, but it also might be a case of bringing her old life into her new. Barge’s dreamy tulle, lace and chiffon creations may however seal the deal.
Victoria Beckham has certainly proven herself in the fashion world, and if Megan is looking for a dress that is classic yet modern and has a clean and unfussy aesthetic, VB may be her best bet. No other royal has yet to have worn a Victoria Beckham wedding dress, so Meghan could well break the mould while still sticking with a British designer.
A favourite of Kate Middleton, Jenny Packham has designed a number of the Duchess of Cambridge’s evening dresses, and this could be her chance to grab a starring role in a royal wedding. Packham is known for creating flattering shapes and using eye-catching embellishments, and she may just be the perfect mix of classic meets Hollywood that Meghan is looking for.
Whoever Meghan chooses to design her dress, it’s safe to say that when the royal wedding rolls around and the bride makes her entrance, all eyes will be on what she is wearing.