Though Meghan Markle's wedding dress may have appeared to be a simple look, the craftsmanship behind the Duchess's Givenchy by Clare Waight Keller gown, was no easy feat.
When it was reported that Blake Lively's bejeweled gown which she wore to the 2018 Met Gala took 600 hours to create, and Taylor Swift's dress worn at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards took 800 hours to make—both of which were designed by Versace—many were delighted to learn the length of time it took to make those couture gowns. But the Givenchy wedding dress worn by Markle at Windsor Castle took a truly impressive amount of time to create.
While the gown worn by Meghan Markle at her wedding to Prince Harry may have appeared simple, it took much longer than both of those dresses combined to complete the look. Keller, the British designer who created the gown worn by the Duchess of Sussex, revealed to WWD that it took a whopping 3,900 hours to create the custom made wedding dress. On top of the fact that it took nearly 4,000 hours to put the dress together, about four whole months of a year were dedicated to the creation of the gown. Not even Rihanna's Met Gala Pope look—designed by Maison Margiela—hit the thousand hour mark; her entire outfit took 750 hours total to sew and hand embroider the whole thing.
It is unclear if those 3,900 hours of dress designing include the creation of Markle's 16-foot long floral embroidered veil, but even if all of that time dedicated to the creation of the dress does include the design of the veil, that is still a magnificently long amount of time to spend creating a couture gown. The simplicity of Markle's wedding gown might not have been possible without the dedicated, fastidious design over the course of 3,900 hours—as noted on the day of the ceremony, the dress had just six seams fastening it together in order to achieve such a sleek and straightforward look.
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