No other celebrity group has influenced the wedding industry like the Royal British Family. The speed and style shift that the royal family has over the wedding fashion industry is like no other. The industry first saw a major shift in wedding wear when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert February 10th, 1840. This wedding ushered in the first of the “white wedding dresses”.
Before this trend, women traditionally wore their Sunday best. Fast forward to Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding to Prince Charles on July 29th, 1981 where we saw long sleeves, giant shoulders and a tiny wasp waist bodice. On April 29th, 2011, Kate Middleton said her vows in an Alexander McQueen lace v-neck gown that had knock off designers scrambling to make this happen for brides hungry for the Duchess’s wedding look.
There is speculation in many tabloids that our favourite ginger Prince Harry will soon pop the question to his girlfriend of 8 months, Meghan Markle. Markle would be a modern addition to such a traditional family. And while she could possibly marry the man previously known as the “spare heir”, her fashionable sense would be sure to rock the wedding industry. Of course, I speculate, but it is fun to day dream about royal weddings and all of the talk that it inspires. If Meghan Markle were by chance to come to Thunder Bay to look for her wedding dress here are my fantasy picks.
Pick #1: Bianca from Maggie Sottero
Made of shavon organza, this simple yet striking ball gown features handmade rosettes accented with pearls. A strapless scoop neckline and flowing train evoke chic romance. This dress is finished with covered buttons over zipper and inner elastic closure. The classic ball gown with a soft peal hue is gentle, pretty and royal wedding friendly. If Markle were to play it safe, this is what she would wear. Queen Elizabeth would more than likely approve.
Pick #2: Maribella from Morilee
Understated and elegant, this stunning marcella satin A-Line bridal gown features a crystal beaded sheer back and waistline. Covered buttons trim the back and train. Almost all royal wedding dresses are ball gown fit. The Maribella from Morilee is a little more risqué with its sheer back and plunging neckline and it would slice more to the modern scale for a royal wedding. It’s sleek fabric would hit the industry with a fierce flurry of copies.
Pick 3#: D2269 from Essense of Australia
Sure to be a pearl clutcher for Queen Elizabeth, this is a timeless silhouette with a modern twist, this classic lace applique dress with illusion back from Essense of Australia is utterly breathtaking! Featuring an on-trend high neckline, this Lace and Crepe wedding dress skims the body and is embellished with asymmetrical lace details throughout the body and skirt. Its open, illusion back is accented with fabric buttons and an organic lace finish. The back of this gown zips up beneath fabric buttons. This dress would certainly make a statement to the world and may break the internet. Queen Elizabeth may not approve but Markle would certainly endear herself to the Western world and reign supreme as the people’s princess for defying tradition and looking amazing at the same time.
Now, before we get carried away, Prince Harry needs to propose and of course the Queen would need to approve. Although Markle would bring about a fashion shift in the wedding industry she also brings a class, race, education and work ethic shift that is much needed to modernize the royal family.