Meghan Markle is uniquely 'genuine & generous', says her wedding dress designer as she raves about working with the star
MEGHAN Markle’s wedding dress designer has praised the duchess for being uniquely “genuine and generous” in an emotional Instagram post.
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, enlisted the help of Clare Waight Keller, who was the artistic director of Givenchy, to design her stunning dress for her wedding to Prince Harry, 35.
Clare has taken to Instagram to share how it has been two years since she was in final fittings with Meghan, ahead of her May 2018 nuptials.
She wrote: “Two years ago today I was in the final fittings for a very secret dress.
“So many emotions were running through me during those months leading up to the big day.”
Clare said meeting Meghan surprised her as she was so "warm", "modern" and "welcoming".
She said: “One [friendship] that started just 6 months into my role at Givenchy was with Meghan Markle, the future Duchess of Sussex.
“From the very beginning everything felt different from what I would have expected.
“She was modern, with a fresh approach, warm and welcoming, completely disarming and joyful in every way.”
Clare said the pair hit it off straight away and a friendship was established.
She said: “Fittings were always a special time to chat, just us, it was a time of getting to know each other’s history and there are many memorable moments.
“But above it all is a connection between two people that come from completely different paths in life.
“Friendship is about love, understanding and kindness. A good friend knows your stories and also helps you write them.”
MEGHAN MARKLE'S STUNNING GIVENCHY WEDDING DRESS
Meghan Markle stunned onlookers as she arrived at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, ahead of her nuptials to Prince Harry, in a stunning bespoke gown by Givenchy, created by British designer Clare Waight Keller.
The former Suits actress chose to work with Clare Waight Keller “for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour”.
Meghan wanted to “highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy”.
Meghan and Clare worked closely together on the design, which featured a graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises Meghan’s slender waist.
Clare also gushed about Meghan and spoke about working with the duchess to create the spectacular gown.
She said: “A wedding dress is one of the most exquisite and beautiful moments for a designer, but also personally as an woman artist, creator there is a lot of sensitivity that flows through the process from the knowledge and understanding of the feelings that you have as a bride.
“It was obvious the significance of this occasion was more than any other, it would be a very personal ceremony with so many choices that would reflect both the bride and grooms heritage and their unique way of being incredibly inclusive, genuine and generous.”
The talented designer then shared some beautiful snaps of Meghan wearing the dress, which had three-quarter sleeves and a bateau neckline, on the big day.
Clare spoke about what Meghan wanted for her wedding dress, and said: “Through hours of conversation, meetings together, and research, slowly all the pieces of that story came together.
“Purity and simplicity were the guiding principles, a narrative of nature through the 53 florals of the Commonwealth to bring the world into the journey of the ceremony and subtlety bringing the lines of Givenchy and the history of the Maison to capture the classical timeless beauty i knew she wanted to achieve.”
CLARE WAIGHT KELLER – THE GENIUS BEHIND MEGHAN MARKLE'S DRESS
Birmingham-born Clare Waight Keller is now a household name, as the woman who made Meghan Markle’s stunning wedding dress.
The talented designer took over as Artistic Director at the Givenchy design house in May 2017, the first female to take the reigns in its 66 year history.
The label’s founder Hubert de Givenchy died in March of this year at the age of 91, he styled style icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy in his legendary career.
Keller studied for her BA at the Ravensbourne College of Art, before doing a Masters at London’s Royal College of Art.
Her CV is a who’s-who of the world’s biggest luxury designers.
Her first graduate job was as a designer for CK Calvin Klein, before being promoted to working on the main collection.
She stayed there for four years before designing menswear for Ralph Lauren.
Tom Ford then employed her as a senior designer at Gucci in 2000.
She was then Creative Director at Pringle of Scotland and was praised for modernising the brand.
Keller was named Creative Director at French label Chloé in 2011, where she stayed for six years before moving onto Givenchy.
She is married to architect Philip Keller, and they have three children – twins Charlotte and Amelia and son Harrison.
Meghan and Clare have a close bond, and the duchess previously made a surprise appearance at The Fashion Awards to present her friend with the British Designer of the Year award.
The Givenchy designer thanked the Duchess of Sussex personally in her speech and said: “This woman is so amazing.”
Speaking of their close working relationship, Clare added: “I got to know Meghan on a personal level.
“To have someone like that trust you on such a personal moment in their life… I can’t thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment.”
Clare has since left Givenchy after joining in 2017 as their first ever artistic director.
We shared how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are renting an £8million LA mansion close to Elton John.
Meanwhile, they have shelved plans for a party to mark Archie’s first birthday on May 6.
Instead, they will host a “cake smash” which they aim to screen on the video app Zoom.
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