The Need to Know on Clare Waight Keller, the Designer of Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress

Because we're still talking about that veil-lifting moment. Aren't you? 

Because we're still talking about that veil-lifting moment. Aren't you? 

The now-famous moment when Meghan Markle stepped out of the car to walk the steps of Windsor Castle, for some, would have been their first introduction to the woman adjusting her five metre veil, British designer Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of Givenchy. It was a moment that saw the designer's star go from famed to stratospheric, as she was revealed as the official dress designer of the Royal Wedding, something the world, and the internet, had been waiting for with baited breath. 

Waight Keller was named the artistic director of Givenchy in March 2017, a role previously held by Riccardo Tisci, who has since moved to another storied fashion house, Burberry Prorsum, as Chief Creative Officer. 

Most importantly for the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, Waight Keller is the first female creative director of the French couture house, and only the second woman to head a couture house in the LVMH group, alongside Maria Grazia Chiuri at Christian Dior.

Since joining Givenchy, Waight-Keller has brought an effervescent sense of femininity to the design house, an intrinsic part of the design DNA at Chloé, where she was creative director for six years. Previously, she designed at Gucci and Calvin Klein.

The fact that a French fashion house was behind the Royal Wedding dress is a real boon for Waight Keller, and no doubt will see this go down as the fashion moment of the year. 

Speaking about the dress in her statement she said: "We wanted to create a timeless piece that would emphasize the iconic codes of Givenchy throughout its history, as well as convey modernity through sleek lines and sharp cuts. In contrast, the delicate floral beauty of the veil was a vision Meghan and I shared, a special gesture embracing the Commonwealth flora, ascending the circumference of the silk tulle."

Upon being announced as the new head of Givenchy the haute couture house cited the words of its founder, the inimitable Hubert de Givenchy who once famously said that, "true elegance comes with a natural gesture, an attitude in simplicity." A moto that certainly rings true when it comes to what is now one of the most famous dresses of our time. 

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