Harry-Meghan wedding style notes

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - FRONT PAGE - —STORY BY CHECHE V. MORAL

Who’s mak­ing Meghan Markle’s wedding dress? UK-based Aus­tralians Ta­mara Ralph and Michael Russo have been wildly ru­mored as the wedding dress de­sign­ers of Markle. But new sources now claim Bri­tish de­signer Christopher Bai­ley, out­go­ing cre­ative di­rec­tor of Burberry, is also a fa­vorite. If true, Markle’s dress could be Bai­ley’s clos­ing salvo for his stint at the her­itage Bri­tish brand.

It’s royal wedding week­end. Pre­pare your­self for a flood of posts about ev­ery de­tail from the nup­tials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. From the day we got a hint of their re­la­tion­ship to their en­gage­ment, head­lines have been all about them. I won­der how hard it is to live a life so scru­ti­nized.

For one thing, Meghan’s dress will be the stuff of fash­ion fea­tures. It will also be com­pared to the great royal wed- ding dresses of those who came be­fore her. Re­ports say that Meghan will walk down the aisle in a cus­tom Ralph & Russo dress that will cost around $135,000.

The big re­veal won’t come un­til the day it­self, of course. But much pres­sure is on the de­sign­ers. Will it have a long train? Will it fea­ture hand­made de­tails? You can tell I’m ex­cited to see it. For now, I want to look at my fa­vorite royal wedding dresses from the past.

Kate Middleton in Sarah Bur­ton for Alexan­der Mc­Queen

This Vic­to­rian-in­spired gown is made of satin gazar, a fabric that holds its shape. In shades of white and ivory, Kate’s dress was fit for the wife of the future king of Eng­land.

Queen Le­tizia of Spain in Manuel Pertegaz

Thir­teen years ago, Queen Le­tizia blessed us with her Manuel Pertegaz wedding gown. The open col­lar, cuffs and hem were em­broi­dered with real gold and a flo­ral pat­tern. Her train was 14 feet long, and was also em­broi­dered with gold. With her stylish updo, the Span­ish royal proved she was quite the fash­ion­ista.

Grace Kelly in He­len Rose

I would be re­miss if I didn’t in­clude Grace Kelly in this list. Her fairy­tale wedding fea­tured a beau­ti­ful wedding dress—a gift from her MGM fam­ily. It took four months for cos­tume de­signer He­len Rose to make the dress of lace and seed pearls. In­stead of a tiara, Grace wore a Juliet cap and a spe­cial veil to keep her face vis­i­ble through­out the cer­e­mony.

Princess Diana in David and El­iz­a­beth Emanuel

One of the most fa­mous dresses in the world, Princess Diana’s dress is as iconic as the royal her­self. The dra­matic dress with puff sleeves and a 25foot train was made with lace that be­longed to Queen Mary, 10,000 pearls and se­quins. I don’t know any­one who won’t be able to rec­og­nize this dress.

Kate Middleton in Sarah Bur­ton for Alexan­der Mc­Queen Queen Le­tizia of Spain in Manuel Pertegaz Princess Diana in David and El­iz­a­beth Emanuel Grace Kelly in He­len Rose RIA FRAN­CISCO-PRI­ETO RIARECOMMENDS.COM

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