Stella McCartney Talks Designing Duchess Meghan’s Reception Dress

Published on August 10, 2018. Updated August 28, 2018

Press Association

Leading up to the royal wedding, everyone was clamoring for details but what everyone really wanted to know was what Meghan Markle’s dress would look like and who designed it.

While her wedding dress turned heads, it was her reception dress that had everyone talking and it was all thanks to Stella McCartney. With a high halter neck and a daring open back, the new Duchess of Sussex looked every bit a royal and a star, and now McCartney has opened up about playing a part in British history.

“I have had moments in my career where I’ve caught up with Gwyneth [Paltrow]or Madonna and was like, ‘Can I dress you for that?’ But this time around, they were drawn to me. [Meghan] approached me and we worked on other things,” the designer told Elle UK.

“She wore other pieces of mine and we had a friendship. And then she asked me to do her second wedding dress. I was honored and I still am,” McCartney also told the publication.

“I think Meghan chose me for reasons other than just a beautiful dress — plenty of people can do that,” she added. “She is not a difficult client to make look beautiful. Amal [Clooney] called me and asked me to do it, as did Oprah.”

“I look at that Amal dress, and it is made of sustainable viscose that took us three years to develop,” McCartney said in reference to Clooney’s yellow Stella McCartney dress she wore to the royal wedding.

“And I think, obviously I am a British designer, but I think being a woman and being a women’s woman played a part. They are all women’s women. It’s a big deal,” McCartney continued.

Of course, it wasn’t Markle’s first time turning to McCartney. In addition to the wedding reception dress, Markle wore a Stella McCartney cape dress to Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday party in April, and in January Markle wore a Stella McCartney tie-waist coat during a visit to Cardiff Castle.

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