Fashion designer claims that Meghan Markle's wedding dress is a rip off of one of hers
In case you've somehow forgotten: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married last week in a ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. The couple were surrounded by hundreds of friends and family on their big day, and tens of thousands of members of the public turned out to show their support for the new Duke and Duchess.
However, not everybody reacted favorably to the union.
Aside from the obvious naysayers (*cough* Meghan's half-brother *cough*), many other people took to Twitter in order to nitpick at parts of the day they didn't think were quite up to par, with one of the main culprits being Meghan's dress. The gown, which was made by Givenchy, first caused a stir when people began comparing it to Kate's dress from her wedding to William in 2011.
Then, Katy Perry added fuel to the fire by adding her two cents: "I would have done one more fitting," she said. "I’m never not going to tell the truth! One more fitting, but I love [Meghan]."
Most people's complaints were about the dress being too simple, but wedding dress designer Caroline Arthur begged to differ, saying:
"The neckline is beautifully cut and then there are two things happening with the seams. At the front, the shaping of the dress begins just at the bust point and continues all the way down into seams on the skirt.
"If you look at the back of the dress the seamlines are absolutely beautiful, you always need darting or a vertical seam at the back of the dress in order to get it to fit really nicely."
However, one designer has a completely different complaint to make about the dress. She didn't have to say anything about how good or bad it was; in fact, her accusations are far more serious.
"[Meghan's] dress is identical to one of our dresses," said Emilia Wickstead, a designer whom Kate Middleton has used on many occasions in the past.
"Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, 'It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress,'" she insisted, before going on to drag the newly appointed Duchess of Sussex for her other stylistic choices:
"If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose."
She also went on to slam Meghan for her hairstyle, saying that it looked too casual for an event as formal as this. "I was like, 'Hold the wisps [of her hair] back — it’s a Royal Wedding for God’s sake.'"
In all fairness, though, the dress does resemble a gown from Wickstead's collection:
Markle chose the design herself, though, and chose to have it commissioned through Clare Waight Keller - the first female director of Givenchy - due to her "elegant aesthetic" and "relaxed demeanor."
Either way, as much as it may or may not look like another artist's work (and no matter what certain celebrities or armchair critics may say about it), Meghan certainly looked radiant on Saturday - so I don't think she really cares what anyone else has to think.