Ever since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement was announced late last year, one question has dominated the seemingly endless speculation about every aspect of their Windsor wedding — what will the bride’s wedding dress look like when she walks down the aisle of St George’s Chapel on May 19? It previously emerged that Israel-based couturier Inbal Dror sent sketches over to the palace at Meghan’s request, which were then obtained by TMZ.
Given that there’s nothing like a major leak to a gossip site to win over the Palace’s confidence, we can assume that Dror has now dropped off Meghan’s shortlist. So, who will be taking on design duties for what is surely the biggest bridal gig of the year? If the bookmakers are to be believed, a new frontrunner has already emerged, and it’s certainly not what we would expect from Meghan.
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According to the Daily Mail, royal dressmaker Stewart Parvin is now the hot favorite with odds of one to one, overtaking the likes of Erdem, Roland Mouret, and Alexander McQueen (the latter fashion house was famously tasked with creating Kate Middleton’s wedding dress for her 2011 nuptials to Prince William). A gown by Parvin, who has been making dresses for Queen Elizabeth since 2000 and received a prestigious royal warrant in 2007, would mark a definite sartorial departure for Meghan. The bride-to-be has already carved herself a niche in laid-back royal style, wearing a mix of British and Canadian designers (a nod to her adopted home city of Toronto) and pairing higher end pieces with high fashion brands.
Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In a 2016 interview with Glamour, Meghan described her dream wedding dress as “classic and simple,” so perhaps Parvin isn’t such an unusual choice. A graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art, the couturier’s bridal gowns are known for their timeless, elegant, and yes, classic aesthetic. Plus, he already has one royal wedding to his name, having previously designed the dress worn by Zara Tindall when she married Mike Tindall in 2011. Other potential contenders for this coveted gig include Alice Temperley and Victoria Beckham.
This post was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.
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