Meghan Markle’s engagement photoshoot dress is by British label Ralph & Russo and costs £46,650
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have unveiled official photos to mark their engagement and, as you’d probably expect, Meghan looks blimmin’ incredible.
The former Suits actress casually threw on a full-length gown with a sheer bodice and a layered, ruffled skirt, while Prince Harry wore a suit (don’t you feel bored for important men, sometimes? They really don’t have many fun options in the formal dressing category).
Meghan’s dress has divided opinion, mostly because it’s sheer and thus extremely risque.
Ignore the fact that Meghan is clearly wearing a nude body underneath and no almost-royal nips are on show. A sheer dress for an official portrait is a very big deal.
The dress is also gorgeous. Seriously gorgeous. If we were obsessed with Kate Middleton’s wardrobe, we’re doomed when it comes to Meghan – she clearly loves fashion.
So, here’s what you need to know about the dress, beyond it being really pretty and cause for outrage among people who are highly offended by fabrics that are not entirely opaque.
Meghan’s dress is the creation of British label Ralph & Russo, a celeb favourite for elegant, ruffled pieces for the red carpet. It’s handmade, part of the label’s AW16 collection, and Kensington Palace has confirmed it was ‘privately purchased’.
Speaking of purchasing, the dress is estimated to cost £46,650 . Whew.
Some description for anyone squinting at photos to figure out the details: The dress is made up of black tulle on a silk organza full-length skirt and a sheer bodice with gold feather embroidery.
If you were to wear it as it is, it’d be entirely sheer on top, but Meghan appears to have worn a nude bodysuit.
The dress is made by Ralph & Russo, a British label run by Australian couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo that specialises in intricate dresses decked out in crystals, feathers, and ruffles. All of their dresses are made by hand, which can take up to 3,000 hours.
Their fans include Angelina Jolie (who wore a Ralph & Russo skirt suit to meet the Queen), Blake Lively, Zendaya, and Priyanka Chopra.
If anyone can find a decent knockoff of Meghan’s dress that doesn’t cost £46,650, do let us know. We reckon it’d look rather fetching on Christmas morning.
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