McCartney ‘wanted to show Markle’s human side’ in dress
LONDON: Designer Stella McCartney said she wanted to help Meghan Markle project her “human side” when making the American actress’s second dress for her marriage to Britain’s Prince Harry.
The 46-year-old created the silk crepe halterneck dress the American bride wore for her evening reception in Windsor last month.
For the actual ceremony, Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, wore a sculpted longsleeved dress with a boat neck by Clare Waight Keller, the British designer of couture house Givenchy.
“I was aware that we had to get the right kind of positioning, the right pace, the right voice,” McCartney said.
The British designer, a celebrity favourite, is known for her understated creations.
American television mogul Oprah Winfrey and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney both wore Stella McCartney designs for the royal wedding.
Asked what she wanted to help the royal bride project, McCartney said: “I think just her sort of human side.
“I think it was the last moment probably that she could reflect sort of the other side to her… the joy and the human within her.”
Speculation over who would design Markle’s dress began as soon as the couple announced their engagement in November.
McCartney said she was “proud” to have been given such a coveted role. “I got the call… We didn’t have a huge amount of time, but we had enough time,” she said.
“It was very much her dress and I felt very proud that she came to me for that part of the wedding.”
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex will join Queen Elizabeth today for her first official engagements without Prince Harry.
Meghan will travel by the Royal Train to northwest England for a day of events. – Reuters/African News Agency (ANA)