Meghan Markle is well-known for her sophisticated fashion sense. She proudly puts together her outfits without the help of a stylist.
Meghan, who married into the British royal family in 2018, has moved away completely from the British fashion convention and instead wore haute couture from Parisian designers.
Haute couture is a fiercely guarded term that a designer can only claim to use if they meet a series of strict guidelines laid out by the French governing body, the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. These guidelines stipulate that haute couture is only for bespoke clothing made by Paris fashion houses with at least 15 employees.
Meghan’s first haute couture item was the Ralph & Russo dress she wore to her official engagement portraits. The former actress decided to continue her haute couture patronage and ordered her Givenchy wedding gown.
Christian Dior is perhaps the most well-known of all French haute couture fashion houses. It is not only the most famous, but it is also one the most expensive designer brands around the world. Haute Couture gowns regularly sell for more than $100,000. This is due to the fact that each piece is handmade.
Meghan has been a Christian Dior lover throughout her married life. She has worn elegant haute couture attires for official events and accessories such as the “Lady Dior”Handbag named in honor the Princess Diana, the royal’s mother and-in-law.
Here, NewsweekTake a look at some of Meghan’s top Christian Dior haute-couture fashion moments thus far.
Celebrations for the RAF 100th Anniversary, July 10, 2018
Meghan Markle’s first public appearance in a Christian Dior haute couture dress was at the 2018 100th-anniversary celebrations for Britain’s Royal Air Force. The celebrations included a ceremony at London’s Horse Guards Parade, followed by a special balcony appearance by members of the royal family, such as Queen Elizabeth II.
Meghan wore a chic dark blue day dress with a boat neckline. She also wore her favorite bracelet-length sleeves. The dress was simple in style, keeping with Meghan’s established aesthetic. It had no embellishments, aside from a thin covered belt.
The royal paired her look by wearing a white high-heeled shoe and a fascinator hat made by Stephen Jones, Dior’s house machinist.
The house of Dior issued a statement following the event that read:
“Dior is pleased to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex wore a Dior haute couture black silk and wool dress, a Dior black leather clutch and Dior shoes to the Royal Air Force’s 100th birthday.”
Morocco Dinner, February 24, 2019
Meghan’s next haute couture event was during her February 2019 trip to Morocco with Prince Harry.
At an evening reception at the British Ambassador’s residence, Meghan—who was pregnant with Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at the time—wore a floor-length beige caftan-style dress with draped neckline and crystal embellishments.
Dior’s dress was an example modesty dressing. The royal paid tribute to the country’s sartorial customs, where women traditionally cover their shoulders and arms.
Meghan paired her Dior gown and accessories by the house of Dior, in the form a clutch bag embellished with golden bees and gold leather high-heeled shoes.
Archie’s Christening July 6, 2019,
Meghan followed the example of sister-in-law Kate Middleton, wearing cream or white to the Windsor Castle christening of her first child in 2019.
Meghan wore a white calflength Christian Dior day dress with bracelet sleeves and a matching, sculpted veil hat.
Harry and Meghan released a statement on the occasion:
“This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
“The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share this moment with the public, who have been so supportive since the birth. They are grateful for your support in welcoming their first child and celebrating this moment.
“Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie.”
Platinum Jubilee National Service of Thanksgiving (June 3, 2022)
After Harry and Meghan’s retirement as full-time working royals, and the broadcast of their landmark interview on Oprah in 2021, the royal couple made their first public return to Britain for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Harry and Meghan were both present at the special jubilee nation service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s cathedral. Meghan donned a Christian Dior high-end ensemble for the occasion.
Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s creative Director, designed the pastel-colored trench coat-inspired coat gown Meghan wore to the service. It was part of her Spring 2022 haute couture collection.
Meghan wore a Dior-matched Dior glove and a sculpted 1980s-style cap, according to Stephen Jones.