Meghan Markle and other famous brides who wore Givenchy

Ciara Sheppard
Contributor Yahoo Style UK
Kim Kardashian, Meghan Markle and Audrey Hepburn all in Givenchy wedding dresses. [Photos: Getty/AP/Getty]

On May 19th, in what will be one of the most iconic fashion moments in history, Meghan Markle stepped out of the car at the foot of St. George’s Chapel wearing a custom-made Givenchy wedding gown. 

The gown was designed by British-born Clare Waight Keller for the French fashion house, with Keller being the first female artistic director in the brand’s history.

Meghan Markle on the steps of St. George’s Chapel, with designer Clare Waight Keller fixing her train. [Photo: Getty]

It had been one of the most high-speculated about dresses of the century, with brand’s like Ralph and Russo, Erdem and Burberry all suspected as possible contenders.

But which other famous brides did Meghan follow in choosing Givenchy for her wedding day? What did their Haute Couture creations look like? And what comments did they make about the most important dress of their lives?

Meghan Markle’s open bateau neckline dress with three-quarter length sleeves and train

A five-foot veil was the key talking point of the look, designed to pay tribute to the 53 Commonwealth countries [Photo: Getty]

The newly-titled Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown was made from double bonded silk cady and was made in a pure white hue chosen by Meghan in order to bring an air of modernity.

According to a statement released by Kensington Palace, Meghan first met the British designer back in early 2018 to collaborate on a ‘timeless’ and ‘elegant’ gown.

In keeping with the heritage of the fashion house, the gown features an open bateau neckline which accentuates the shoulders complete with three-quarter length sleeves and train.

A sketch of Meghan’s wedding dress by Clare Waight Keller. [Photo: Getty]

Givenchy called the dress “a timeless piece to emphasise the iconic codes of the House throughout its history as well as to convey modernity through sleek lines and sharp cuts.”

They added: “The pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The graphic open bateau neckline gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist.”

While Meghan hasn’t commented on the dress herself yet (she clearly loved it), Keller said the process of designing it “will truly be the most memorable moment of my career.”

Kim Kardashian’s open-back, fishtail bottom dress

For her wedding to Kanye West in May 2014, Kim Kardashian chose a dress custom-designed by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.

The stunning floor-length gown featured long lace sleeves, a diamond-shaped cut-out back and a fishtail bottom. Like Meghan, Kim brought the drama via her huge veil, which was handmade and featured ultra-wide French Alencon lace.

Though the dress was likely made as a gift by Tisci, a friend of Kim, her gown was estimated to be worth around $500,000 (£371,000). 

“There is no one else I could imagine designing a dress this special,” Kardashian West said about Tisci’s creation.

Audrey Hepburn’s very 60s, pale pink, tea-length wedding dress

Audrey Hepburn and Dr. Andrea Dotti after their wedding in 1969. [Photo: Getty]

A longtime wearer of Givenchy designs both off-screen and on-screen (her famous little black dress from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’’s was Givenchy), it seemed only natural for Audrey Hepburn to marry in one.

For her second wedding to  Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti in 1969, Hepburn wore a long sleeved pale pink mini dress designed by the brand founder, the late Hubert de Givenchy, himself. 

She paired the high-collared dress with a matching headscarf, white gloves, pale tights and white pumps.

Which was your favourite Givenchy bridal moment?

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