For the most anticipated wedding of the season, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle chose a minimalist Givenchy wedding dress that stunned in its structural features.
The white gown, created by British designer Claire Wright Keller for the French fashion house, featured an open neckline—the most striking feature—three-quarter sleeves and an elegant, minimal skirt and train. She finished with Givenchy satin pumps and a 5-meter-long veil with lace trimmings, an ethereal touch to the minimalist look.
The Duchess’ choice demonstrates the appeal of minimalist styles. While we love lace, over-the-top trains and layers of tulle, this conservative design brings attention to the bride’s natural beauty. In Meghan’s case, her dress allowed viewers to focus on her skin-focused beauty, veil and her spectacular diamond crown, a symbol of her new royal title.
She isn’t the only bride-to-be that went for wedding fashion that showed their less-is-more aesthetic.
For her 1973 wedding to Mark Phillips, Princess Anne wore “Tudor-style” dress, marked by the medieval-inspired bell sleeves and high neckline. Her dress, like Meghan’s, was referred to as “simplistic,” especially in comparison to the wedding styles of her predecessors. Maureen Baker, one of the royal’s favorite designers, made her dress on behalf of Susan Smalls, a British fashion label.
Also in Givenchy, Christina Ricci stunned in a lace and pearl gown before her wedding to James Heerdegen. Like Meghan’s dress, it has a sleek train that effortlessly glides down from the back of the dress, leaving the front view rather minimal in fabric and volume.
When Tatiana Santo Domingo married the second in line to the throne of Monaco, Andrea Casiraghi, she chose a Missoni V-neck dress with contrasting patterns of lace. Unlike Meghan, her style is regarded as bohemian, based on her choice of a flower crown and flat sandals. However, the three-quarter sleeves and shape of the skirt and train is comparable to the Duchess’ style.
Former Spice Girls star Geri Halliwell wed her longtime love Christian Horner in London, wearing a stunning gown with an open neckline, like the Givenchy stunner from yesterday’s royal wedding. Geri’s dress, however, has a full skirt and lace details.
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