Ever since the announcement of Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry, speculation surrounding the wedding of the year has fixated upon one point in particular: who will design the bride’s dress? Following a new report from Vanity Fair, it seems our opportunities for such conjecture are twofold, as Meghan could be wearing two gowns throughout the proceedings — a more traditional style for the church ceremony and "something glamorous" for the evening reception at Frogmore House.
"She will have two dresses, one for the ceremony and another dress for the evening," a source told royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, adding that "the plan is for her to change after the ceremony so that she can party the night away in something glamorous and less restrictive."
According to the source, Prince Harry will be kept in the dark as to the details of both dresses until the wedding day (much like us commoners, really). "Meghan can’t wait to surprise everyone, especially Harry," they continued. "The wedding dress itself will be traditional and elegant. There is talk of some lace and sleeves and Meghan has been working very closely with the designer who has been sworn to secrecy."
While names such as Erdem and Ralph & Russo have previously been touted as contenders, a new report in the Daily Mail suggested that Burberry had organized senior meetings to finalize a "major PR strategy" for a "high profile" dress, leading some to believe that Meghan has chosen the British fashion house. "No one knows for sure whether Burberry has secured the commission for definite as this is all being done very much on a need-to-know basis," a source told the paper, "but there can be no more high profile dress this year than Meghan’s." Should she opt for two dresses, Meghan would follow in the footsteps of future sister-in-law the Kate Middleton, who changed into a simpler, strapless gown with embellished detail at the waist, also designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.
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This post was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.