Experts from some of the biggest wedding dress brands weigh in on what we’ve all been dying to know.
Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in November 2017, the world has been eager to learn every detail of their upcoming wedding. And while much has already been revealed about the highly anticipated ceremony—including everything from the venue (St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle) right down to the cake (“lemon elderflower,” according to a tweet from Kensington Palace)—fans are still are in the dark about what Meghan’s wedding dress will look like. With speculation mounting and the big day just over a week away, we called upon top wedding designers for some insight into what the elusive gown might look like.
Dan Rentillo, Vice President of Design and Product Development for David’s Bridal: “I imagine her in a Melissa Sweet tulle overlay with sheer, embroidered and appliquéd long sleeves, worn over a fit-to-flare lace gown embellished with pearls and beads. The high neck on the outer gown is reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, another Hollywood Star that married into royalty. The long bishop sleeve also offers appropriate coverage while being very fashionable at the moment. After the formalities are over, Meghan can remove the tulle overlay to reveal the strapless mermaid gown, and show the starlet side of her.”
Caroline Dilsheimer, Lindsey Love & Carolyn Barrett, BHDLN Stylists: “We envision Meghan stepping outside the traditional roots of the royal family in a gown suited for a modern princess. A hint of color and bohemian embellishment will set her apart from princesses past while staying true to her polished yet relatable style. The ball gown silhouette we designed for her features a sweetheart neckline to offset the fullness of the skirt and dramatic train. Embroidered floral vines cascade over illusion tulle sleeves, providing coverage for her ceremony. The gown is finished with hand-sewn beading and delicate crystals which add a touch of sparkle and sophistication.”
Adrianna Papell Design Team: “Structured yet feminine, the details of this wedding gown reflect Meghan Markle's personal style as well as the palace's influences. This custom wedding dress features classic elements like crystal beading and embroidered floral appliques, alongside more contemporary details like a stretch crepe skirt and detachable silk cummerbund—the perfect blend for modern royalty.”
Adam Zohar, founder and head designer at Adam Zohar: “When I thought of a royal wedding dress, it was clear to me that the decree must be clean yet dramatic. The dress I designed was bare-shouldered, which would display Megan’s natural beauty yet maintain a royal look. The belt would emphasize her curves, while the voluminous sleeves create a soft but eye-catching finish, providing connection between the wide skirt and the 33-foot-long train. The whole dress is made of Italian silk fabric and the belt and train are combined with sparkling fabric made by hand, adding glamour to the overall sleek look.”
Berta Balilti, founder and head designer at Berta: "Meghan Markle’s style is considered iconic in the fashion world, so we’ve chosen a look for her—Style 18-112 from the Berta ‘Seville’ collection—that was truly made for her sophistication and grace. This curve-hugging style features soft details, including a wispy, handcrafted cape and glittering embellishments, that will capture the ethereal and romantic qualities of her big day.”