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Stella McCartney Wanted Meghan Markle's Second Wedding Dress to Highlight Her Personality

The custom creation spoke to the "joy and the human within her" and was an homage to her pre-Duchess life.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Walking to Car Royal Wedding 2018
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In the three weeks that have passed since the royal wedding, much has been said about Meghan Markle's Givenchy wedding dress, which she wore to exchange vows with Prince Harry in St. George's Chapel. Less commentary has been passed about the Duchess of Sussex's evening reception look—until now. Designer Stella McCartney opened up to the BBC about her inspiration for the dress and the collaborative process of its creation, stating that she felt "proud" to be included on the bride's big day.

 

"You know it was very much her dress," McCartney explained, before revealing that she and Meghan "worked together" on the gown. "When you come to a wedding, you don't just just go, 'Here, this is what you're wearing.' That person has to feel a million dollars; they need to feel like they own it."

 

Related: You Have to See Meghan Markle's Second Wedding Dress

 

The form-hugging design, which featured a halter neckline, may have been simple and streamlined, but designing the dress was a complex process. There was a "delicate line," she explained, to creating the "right kind of positioning, the right pace, the right voice" for the garment. 

 

The second wedding dress's refined, but celebratory vibe was a testament to Meghan's personality, McCartney continued. "The role that she's taken on is very austere, it's very serious and I think there's a great weight that she has acquired through that and she takes it very seriously," she explained. "It was the last moment that she could reflect sort of the other side to her...the joy and the human within her."