Clare Waight Keller on Why Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Was Exactly "Right for Her"
In less than a month, it will be Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's one-year wedding anniversary. Since their May 19, 2018, nuptials, a lot has happened for the couple-including Markle's pregnancy, which the duo announced in October. The same can be said about Markle's wedding dress designer and first female artistic director of legendary French fashion house Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller-she's had quite the year. She recently opened to TIME about how the Duchess of Sussex's gown captured the world's attention and changed her life.
According to Keller, she was shocked at the amount of attention the classic, long-sleeved garment recieved. "I had no idea how momentous it was going be," Keller told the outlet at the TIME 100 gala. "The last time there was a royal wedding there was no Instagram, really, or any of those huge social networks. So it really took me aback, actually."
During the interview, Keller also revealed the inspiration behind the simple boat neck gown that no one saw coming. "The idea of that purity was just really modern," Keller said. "I think it was right for now, and it was right for her."
Though we have Keller's innovative eye to thank for the one-of-a-kind gown, actress Julianne Moore, a close friend of the designer, thinks there's another secret to her talent. "The world gasped when they saw that bride, and everyone wanted to know who had made that dress," the actor wrote in a tribute to Keller for the TIME 100 issue. "We are drawn to Clare's work because she doesn't design from the outside in, she designs from the inside out."