Meghan Markle's second wedding dress was her 'last moment' to reflect her 'human side', fashion designer Stella McCartney has claimed.
The British designer, who Meghan chose to create her second dress for the evening part of the royal wedding, revealed in an interview with the BBC that she was ‘proud’ to have been asked to make the Duchess’s evening gown, especially as she felt it symbolised Meghan’s final opportunity to embrace her former glamorous lifestyle as a fashion-loving starlet and jet-setting actress.
“It was very much her dress and I felt very proud she came to me for that part of the wedding,” Stella McCartney said. “She got to reflect her in it.”
The designer revealed that she and Meghan Markle worked closely together on the design, with Stella ensuring that the new Duchess had a say in all elements of the design.
“We worked together,” McCartney said. “When you come to a wedding you don’t just go here this is what you’re wearing. It’s like that person has to feel like a million dollars, they need to feel like they own it.”
Speaking of the Duchess of Sussex’s new important role within the royal family, and the way Meghan’s life has now changed forever, Stella revealed that the lily white, silk crepe, high neck gown Meghan chose for the evening party was her ‘last moment’ to embrace her own sense of style.
Now that Meghan is a member of the royal family, she will follow many of the same royal style rules followed by the Duchess of Cambridge and other royals.
“The role that she has taken on, it’s very austere, it’s very serious, and I think there’s a great weight that she has acquired [by joining the royal family],” Stella observed.
“She takes it very seriously. I think it was the last moment that she could reflect sort of the other side to her and her, you know, the joy and the human within her.”
However, even when designing a dress for the more relaxed evening part of the celebrations, Stella revealed that she was still careful to ensure the gown was appropriate for a royal wedding.
“I was aware that we had to get the right kind of positioning, the right pace, the right voice,” McCartney said. “There was a delicate line.”