According to sources, Meghan Markle will be wearing a custom Ralph and Russo dress for her May 19th nuptials to Prince Harry. The dress is rumored to cost over $135,000 and will be hand-stitched and heavily beaded.
Ralph and Russo are known for their whimsical, avant-garde and fairytale creations. The brand favors glittery, ethereal and romantic dress designs with lots of tulle, chiffon, soft pastels and frilly, exotic accents.
Markle wore that mesmerizing feathery black mesh and embroidered dress from the brand for her engagement photos with Prince Harry. The black and gold tulle gown with a silk organza skirt was from the Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 collection and featured gold feather thread work and silk tulle ruffles. The couture creation was priced at $75,000.
It’s no surprise that Markle is in love with brand as R&R have many famous celebrity clients including: Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian. The dressmakers also already have a royal connection: Angelina Jolie wore a pale gray Ralph and Russo skirt suit to meet Queen Elizabeth II when she was named an Honorary Dame in 2014.
Many have speculated on the wedding dress itself with rumors that the dress will be very modern with a streamlined silhouette. In all likelihood, the dress will have lace sleeves or some type of long sleeve as it’s traditional for royal brides to have a modest gown and a less revealing bodice. Yet, the dress will likely also be heavy on the drama with a long, sweeping train not to mention Markle’s veil and tiara.
The Ralph and Russo team love feminine, enchanting and glamorous details. From 1940’s pinup feather boas to elegant pumps with gold embellishments and vintage details with lots of lace, a sprinkle of sequin and rose gold hardware–their designs are truly breathtaking and one-of-a-kind. It will be exciting and unforgettable to see Markle in full Cinderella mode on May 19th as she starts her life as a duchess.
One thing’s for certain: the dress won’t look like Princess Diana’s heavily ruffled and lace Victorian style wedding gown that had fabric and more fabric. As Markle favors modern, minimalist and even masculine patterns and suits, there won’t be layers of ruffles or tiered organza anywhere within the vicinity of Windsor Castle. The bride will likely want the dress to be sleek, chic and princess-perfect.