Meghan Markle Joins Kim Kardashian and Audrey Hepburn as a Famous Givenchy Bride
Besides Meghan, who donned a boatneck white silk gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy to marry Prince Harry, both Kim Kardashian West and Audrey Hepburn wore pieces from the French fashion house on their big days.
According to a release, Meghan’s sophisticated, structured gown is “true to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasizes the slender sculpted waist. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.”
Her wedding shoes are “based on a Givenchy refined pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin.”
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“It was absolutely plain and pure and elegant,” she said. “Past royal wedding gowns tend to be very classic and very traditional, and this wasn’t because it did not have all the lace and all the decoration and anything on it. It was a new kind of look, but still classical and regal.”
When Kardashian West married rapper and designer Kanye West at Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy, in 2014, the businesswoman and reality star memorably wore a custom Givenchy Haute Couture long-sleeve lace creation featuring sheer waist panels and a dramatically long, full veil.
The stunning gown was designed by Givenchy’s Creative Director at the time, Riccardo Tisci, before he departed from the brand (to join Burberry) in 2017.
“There is no one else I could imagine designing a dress this special,” Kardashian West said in a post dedicated to Tisci’s work.
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During her 1969 wedding to Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, her second husband, in a town hall ceremony in Switzerland, Hepburn also wore a now-iconic long sleeved pale pink tea-length dress designed by the original designer at Givenchy, the late Hubert de Givenchy, who passed away at 91 earlier this year. Hepburn completed her look with white tights, ballet flats and a matching headscarf. She also carried a bouquet that was very similar to Meghan’s flowers, which contained an homage to Princess Diana.
But it was Hepburn’s on-screen wedding dress in Funny Face designed by Givenchy that really most looked like Meghan’s dress with the silk fabric and bateau neckline.
Hubert also designed countless other looks for Hepburn, including her famous little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.