Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress and Veil Took Nearly 4,000 Hours to Create
A 50-person team brought the garments to life, according to a new exhibit at Windsor Castle.
Meghan Markle's wedding dress, which was designed by Givenchy creative director Clare Waight Keller, was undeniably simple. But, according to new information from a royal exhibit-"A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex" just debuted at Windsor Castle-creating the seemingly simple gown required a tremendous amount of effort. From start to finish, the Markle's wedding-day look (which also included her 16-foot-long silk tulle veil) took nearly 4,000 hours to make, reports People.
"Overall, the entire veil and dress took 3,900 hours to complete and 50 people working on it between the Givenchy atelier and the Lesage atelier," exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut revealed, adding that the workers had to wash their hands every 20 minutes to avoid damaging the veil.
The sheer number of hours that went into Markle's collective ensemble sheds new light on its importance-something that the Duchess wanted to convey through the new exhibit, which allows the public to view Givenchy and Maison Lesage's creations up close. To do this, Markle added an audio component to the exhibition, which details her personal account of the design process. "I wanted a female designer, that was very important, I wanted a British designer because I wanted to embrace my new home in that way," Markle explained in the recorded conversation with de Guitaut. "I wanted something that felt reflective of the world in a way."
Also on display is a reproduction of Prince Harry's wedding uniform (created by Dege & Skinner) and, unexpectedly, Princess Charlotte and Prince George's bridesmaid and page boy outfits. The latter, a mini replica of Harry's own outfit, was embroidered with a gold "GC" for George Cambridge. Charlotte's look was also personalized-the sole of her Aquazurra shoes featured her own initials and the wedding date. In another part of Markle's audio recording, she explained that these touches were her husband's idea. "Such a beautiful keepsake for them," she said.