With the royal wedding just around the corner, speculation has been rife about who will be designing Meghan Markle’s dress and what kind of style she’s going to go for.
ET Canada caught up with internationally renowned U.K. wedding dress designer Caroline Castigliano, who offered her thoughts on what type of glamorous gown she thinks Markle, 36, will be walking down the aisle in at Windsor Castle on May 19.
Israel-based designer Inbal Dror confirmed to People that Markle had reached out to them for a sketch and the likes of Erdem, Christopher Bailey and Ralph & Russo, who designed Markle’s $100,000 dress seen in her engagement photos, have all been rumoured to be doing the honours. However, Castigliano isn’t sure whether the latter would be too pricey to be relatable to the public.
In terms of the style she thinks Markle will go for, “I think that she’ll wear a very fitted gown that flares away from her mid-thigh, [with] a beautiful V neckline, long lace sleeves, buttons from the wrist to the elbow… all beautiful couture touches.”
The designer, who has luxury boutiques in London, Bath, Leeds and Edinburgh, went on to say that she thinks Markle will have a “beaded skirt that’ll be attached at the waist, but will come very wide away from the body,” adding that it’ll “go right round into a huge train at the back, so when she walks you’ve got this beautiful silhouette of her really slim body.”
Despite the detailed dress, Castigliano thinks Prince Harry’s bride will wear a “plain veil” with a “beautiful tiara,” which will most likely have belonged to his late mother Princess Diana.
The designer added, “I think both of the boys have always wanted to do things that have brought their mother into the occasion, of course Kate [Middleton] got the ring.”
She also said that whatever the former “Suits” star does wear, it’ll still have a traditional feel so that she gives a “big nod to the royal family,” and she’ll definitely not be flashing too much flesh.
Castigliano went on: “I think having a lace dress with beautiful beading will create more of an element of a today bride, more modern. But I think [in my view] if she has a fitted dress underneath that shows [off] her figure, [that] gives it much more of an element of style and fashion, whereas with Kate’s dress it was serious tradition.”
Despite still being pretty up there in terms of bookmakers’ odds, one person who has denied that she’ll be designing Markle’s dress is Victoria Beckham.
The Spice Girls star, 43, appeared on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and shut down the rumours, but said Markle will look “incredible” in whatever she wears.
Vera Wang and Catherine Walker are also said to have insisted they won’t be doing the honours.
Castigliano’s comments come after Markle spoke out about her ideal style of wedding dress in an interview with Glamour back in 2016.
She explained: “I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style—wedding or not—is very pared down and relaxed.”
“Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.”
The actress, who played Rachel Zane on “Suits”, also said that her character’s wedding dress wasn’t her personal style.
She insisted at the time of her on-screen marriage, “But I love that I got to play dress up in [her] gown!”