Clare Waight Keller, who designed The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress, has left Givenchy.
She previously worked at Pringle of Scotland and Chloe before becoming the first female leader of the French fashion in 2017. In a statement, Clare Waight Keller said: “As the first woman to be the artistic director of this legendary maison, I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to cherish its legacy and bring it new life.”
In addition to her wedding dress, Waight Keller also dressed the Duchess for Ascot, the Trooping of the Colour ceremony and Remembrance Sunday. When Waight Keller won the British Designer of the Year award in 2018, it was presented to her by a heavily pregnant Duchess of Sussex, who wore a black, off-the-shoulder Givenchy Dress.
The wedding dress she designed for the Duchess was a sculptured, silk tulle dress. The white veil was a ” vision Meghan and I shared”, according to Waight Keller. It was embroidered with all 53 flowers of the Commonwealth countries, plus flowers which represented Kensington Palace and the Duchess’ home state of California. Waight Keller said: “As a British designer at a Parisian haute couture house … I am extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished.” Then known as Meghan Markle, she married Prince Harry on 19 May 2018 at St George’s Chapel.