Meghan Markle’s Givenchy top appears to mark the brand’s 70th anniversary
Meghan Markle caused a stir on her wedding day in May 2018 walking down the aisle of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, as an American bride, marrying a British prince, wearing a French haute couture wedding dress .
Although Givenchy’s chief designer who made the dress, Clare Waight Keller, was and still is British, Meghan’s decision to stray from the established trend of royal brides buying Brits for their wedding dresses bride set a strong and elegant tone for the genre. royal that Meghan would become.
Givenchy has become almost synonymous with Meghan – the Duchess of Sussex – and during her working life as a member of the royal family, many of her most important and memorable outfits were purchased from the same house responsible for her wedding commission.
Givenchy has been one of fashion’s biggest hitters since its first collection in 1952. Led by its founder Hubert de Givenchy (1927-2018), the house has won favor with the world’s most glamorous women, including the Hollywood movie star Audrey Hepburn.
As the house of Givenchy celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, the same year that Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 70th birthday on the British throne, Newsweek looks back at a collection of Meghan Markle’s most memorable Givenchy looks.
Wedding dress, May 19, 2018
Perhaps the best-known and most important commission that Meghan has entrusted to Givenchy is that of her wedding dress.
The pressure to pull off such a high-profile design would worry any house, but for Givenchy, and in particular Clare Waight Keller who worked with Meghan on the dress, the whole process went through in stride.
The resulting dress was starkly simple, echoing Meghan’s preference for clean lines and structured silhouettes. The ivory white silk gown with a graphic boat neckline and half sleeves has become one of the most talked about royal wedding dresses. After the wedding, the dress was displayed at Windsor Castle as part of a special exhibition that included the tiara Meghan wore on her wedding day.
Engagement of the Queen June 14, 2018
Shortly after her wedding, Meghan was invited to a rare solo engagement with the Queen. The couple traveled on the royal train to Cheshire in England to open a bridge and for the occasion Meghan wore a new and elegant Givenchy day dress with a closed capelet detail and a black and gold belt.
Royal Ascot June 19, 2018
Royal Ascot is one of the fashion highlights of the royal year and for her first – and so far only – appearance at the event, Meghan wore a delicate white shirt dress with elegant white piped embroidery. This Givenchy look, like many others, was worn with the brand’s on-trend belt that featured the signature Greek key motif in gold hardware.
Ireland Green July 10, 2018
On her first overseas royal tour to Ireland, Meghan wore a structured midi skirt with square pockets and a matching sweater by Givenchy. To honor her host country in a way repeated for many years by successive royal wives, Meghan chose an outfit in emerald green, a color closely associated with the country, and paired it with tan accessories.
Ireland Pantsuit July 11, 2018
The Ireland tour featured another bold and memorable Givenchy look in the form of a perfectly fitted trouser suit to the shape of the Duchess to create a dramatic look. The suit’s blazer featured Meghan’s favorite bracelet sleeve length and under the Duchess softened the look with a plain white blouse.
Oceania Show, September 25, 2018
When Meghan stepped out alone in London for her first solo engagement since getting married in 2018, she did so in a black Givenchy midi dress with a velvet bib and organza sleeves. The look caught the attention of the fashion world as the confident Meghan left her car heading to the Royal Academy to view the Oceania exhibition ahead of her planned tour of the region.
New Zealand October 31, 2018
On her first major overseas tour on behalf of the Queen with Prince Harry, Meghan visited a number of South Pacific islands, including Tonga, as well as Australia and New Zealand. . During a visit to the latter, Meghan debuted a new Givenchy outfit featuring a royal blue sweater blouse with a pleated midi skirt. The inside of the pleats were done in a contrasting blue which created fluid movement as the Duchess took a traditional royal stroll.
British Fashion Awards December 10, 2018
Like Princess Diana before her, Meghan knew that if there was a chance to dabble in fashion during the royal calendar, the British Fashion Awards were a fitting occasion to do so. To honor the designer of her wedding dress, Clare Waight Keller, Meghan wore an asymmetrical black silk sheath dress that showcased her pregnant figure to its most joyful advantage. The Givenchy-designed dress was a fitting tribute to Keller, who designed it, and also received the British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award.
Endeavor Fund Awards Gala February 7, 2019
During an appearance at the annual Endeavor Fund Awards at Drapers Hall in London in 2019, Meghan wore an eye-catching outfit which consisted of a long black skirt with a statement slit down one side, paired with a white double-breasted shirt from classic fit both by Givenchy.