Meghan, Kim and Audrey Hepburn All Agree: Givenchy Wedding Dresses Rule


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Meghan's veil featured the "distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition."

Meghan Markle's bridal curveball—to commission the super-talented British designer Claire Waight Keller to create her stunning wedding dress via the house of Givenchy and its Haute Couture department—puts the actress and now royal family member on a very iconic list indeed. The ultra-luxe bateau-necked, double bonded silk cady gown was a mighty feat of fashion engineering using only six meticulously-placed seams and will undoubtedly switch the continued trend for princess-style lace gowns (as made popular by Kate Middleton) to simpler, satin sheaths.


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Meghan Markle in her bespoke Givenchy Haute Couture dress designed by Claire Waight Keller.

Meghan's pared-back lines made our minds instantly turn to an original Givenchy costume worn by Audrey Hepburn for a wedding scene in the legendary fashion film, Funny Face. Hepburn's skirt was, as one would expect, fuller and far more suited to the 1957 release date of this seminal flick, but both of their top half designs feel distinctly Hubert De Givenchy all over: the fitted bodice, the waist-nipping cut, the flattering slashed neck framing their equally delicate faces. "Classic of Meghan's impeccable ability to balance moderninity and classical style, Meghan's wedding dress is extremely reminiscent of the 1960s Givenchy bridal dress," Hamish Shepard of tells us.


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A close-up on that bateau neckline and Cartier earrings.

Waight Keller became the woman at the helm of this storied Parisian fashion house following her appointment last year, but before her time many other memorable Givenchy wedding dress moments have occurred: who could forget Kim Kardashian's decisively more revealing lacy look crafted by the then creative director Riccardo Tisci when she and Kanye West tied the knot back in 2014? Or how about Lara Stone in 2010? Keep reading to see other iconic Givenchy wedding dresses—a gallery we'll undoubtedly be adding to once the rich and famous get hold of Waight Keller's phone number…


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Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, 1957, wearing a bridal dress from Hubert De Givenchy.


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Lara Stone wearing a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci bridal gown in 2010.


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An archive shot of a model wearing a Givenchy wedding dress.


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Kim Kardashian in her form-fitting Givenchy wedding dress created by Riccardo Tisci.


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Hubert De Givenchy alongside a model wearing the finale bridal look in 1991.


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Christina Ricci in a Givenchy gown created by Riccardo Tisci.


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Carla Bruni modelling a bridal look in Givenchy's Haute Couture 1994 show.


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Audrey Hepburn at her own wedding to Andrea Dotti in 1969 wearing a cute pink creation from Givenchy.


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A beaded bridal look from Givenchy's A/W 1979 collection.


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A caped wedding dress showcased during Givenchy's A/W Paris Fashion Week catwalk show in 1990.


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An archive shot of a model wearing a Givenchy wedding dress.

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Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.