Meghan Markle’s two wedding gowns she chose for her royal wedding to Prince Harry drew inspiration from her late style icon, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.
The bride channelled American royalty in both her Givenchy gown she wore for her wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, as well as her Stella McCartney evening gown she wore to the wedding reception.
The “Suits” alum spoke about her ideal wedding gown in an interview with Glamour in 2016, sharing her love for Bessette Kennedy’s style.
“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,” she said. “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.”
When asked about her favourite celebrity wedding dress, Markle quickly responded with “Carolyn Bessette Kennedy,” calling the Narciso Rodriguez slip dress she chose for her wedding to John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996 “everything goals.”
Markle’s ceremony dress, which was created by British designer, Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, featured an open bateau neckline and framed the shoulders and emphasized her waist. “The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity,” described Kensington Palace.
Markle’s first gown resembles a simple cream dress with a bateau neckline that Bessette Kennedy wore in December of 1998, just seven months before her tragic passing in a plane crash alongside her husband John F. Kennedy Jr. and her sister Lauren.
Her second wedding dress resembles the iconic Narciso Rodriguez slip dress that Kennedy wore on her wedding day in December 1996.
Although Markle’s dress didn’t match exactly, it emulated the same elegance and sophistication that Kennedy’s wedding gown did.
Of course, it’s hard not to look at Meghan and Harry’s wedding photos and be reminded of Carolyn and JFK Jr.’s.