Meghan’s dress ‘simple, stylish and elegant’, experts say

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Meghan’s all-important wedding gown has been praised for its “classic” and “elegant” style.

David Emanuel, who designed Princess Diana’s dress for her wedding to the Prince of Wales in 1981, said her dress was “simple, stylish, elegant and understated”.

Meanwhile another commentator described how she paid “homage to her new British roots” through the choice of designer.

Choosing British designer Clare Waight Keller – the first female artistic director for French fashion house Givenchy – also gave a message of “empowerment”, according to the editor of the fashion blog Meghan’s Mirror.

Amanda Dishaw said that the wedding gown was “classic, timeless and simple”.

Meghan's dress is 'simple, stylish, elegant', commentators have said (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Meghan’s dress is ‘simple, stylish, elegant’, commentators have said (Owen Humphreys/PA)

“I think the story is in the silk jewelled veil, it encompasses all the Commonwealth flowers, which I think is very clever.”

Asked what he thought Diana, Princess of Wales, would think of the dress, Mr Emanuel said: “I think Diana would have approved.”

The dress was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller (Owen Humphreys/PA)
The dress was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller (Owen Humphreys/PA)

“Don’t forget this dress will be beamed around the world. It will have an impression on the bridal business, people will copy this dress,” he said.

“And it will influence for at least 10 years from now, people will still want that ‘Meghan gown’.”

Richard Dennen, editor of Tatler, said: “I thought it was sleek, classic, elegant and demure.

“She has picked a very well respected British luxury designer, at the helm of an aristocratic Paris couture house, which has a fabulous history of working with Hollywood.”

Ms Dishaw said: “What a dress. Classic, timeless simplicity.

“We love the empowerment message she subtly made by choosing Clare, the first female artistic director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.

“It stays very true to Meghan’s love of French fashion which is well-documented but also paid homage to her new British roots.

“And as for the style? It was exactly as we had thought we would see – simple, clean lines in a very traditional cut.

“There was never going to be tons of detailing and lace on this dress.

“And we love that a flower from every Commonwealth country is embroidered on her veil.

“A simple, clean A-line dress was perfectly attuned to the simplicity of her up-do, which held a stunning tiara.”

Meanwhile, Aruna Seth, shoe designer and socialite, said the boat neckline on the white dress was “modern” complemented by traditional long sleeves.

Ms Seth, who designed Pippa Middleton’s shoes for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, said: “Meghan is wearing a simple traditional flattering boat-neck wedding dress with long elegant sleeves.

“[It is] chic, sophisticated and expresses her contemporary modern style.

Peta Hunt, editor at large for You and Your Wedding magazine, said the gown was “romantic”.

She continued: “I loved the high boat neck, so modern and with the clean lines.

“This is a silk tulle cathedral length dress and works perfectly in this huge chapel.

“She is definitely wearing the dress and not drowning under a huge gown, it allows her to move, I think really lovely, and hits all the right notes.

“We have always been fans of long sleeves. It’s nice to see a bride in a such a modern classic style.”

Designer Raishma said: “Meghan clearly went for the more sedate side of Hollywood glamour in her choice of dress – more Grace Kelly than anything ostentatious.

“The veil is the real talking point, the length alone is staggering, with an embroidered scalloped border around the edges.

“The colour is a brilliant white which really created an ethereal entrance.

“There is an air of modesty to the gown with its very simple shape and the long sleeves – ideal for a high profile, chapel wedding.

“I was personally hoping for a showstopper and lot of embroidery and embellishment but this is a beautiful, if very safe gown.”

– David Emanuel is appearing on Harry And Meghan Said Yes? on TLC which is being broadcast on Sunday at 2pm.

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