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Clare Waight Keller, Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress Designer, leaves Givenchy



Clare Waight Keller, Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress Designer, leaves Givenchy


Clare Waight Keller, the designer who created Meghan Markle’s wedding gown, has left Givenchy. When she joined the French fashion company in 2017, the British-born designer, who had previously been the creative director at Pringle of Scotland and Chloe, became the house’s first female boss.

On Friday, she announced her resignation.

“As the first woman to be the Artistic Director of this legendary Maison, I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to cherish its legacy and bring it new life,” Waight Keller remarked.

In a statement, Ms. Waight Keller thanked “the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner, and supplier in between.”

“I could not have brought my vision for Givenchy to life in such a beautiful way without all of you,” she added.

Following in the footsteps of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, and Riccardo Tisci, Waight Keller became renowned for bringing couture back to the company. “Under her creative leadership … the maison reconnected with the founding values of Hubert de Givenchy and his innate sense of elegance,” said Sidney Toledano, Head of the LVMH group, which owns Givenchy.


Waight Keller’s tenure at Givenchy will be noted for her relationship with the Duchess of Sussex. Waight Keller famously styled Meghan Markle in a modest bateau neckline gown on her wedding day to Prince Harry.

Waight Keller’s wedding gown for the duchess was simple: a sculptured, silk tulle gown that alluded to her previous life as an actress as well as her future one as a member of the royal family. It seemed to be a reference to Audrey Hepburn’s wedding gown in Funny Face, a piece of old Hollywood elegance designed by Hubert de Givenchy. Waight Keller said at the time that the white veil was a “vision Meghan and I shared.” It was stitched with all 53 Commonwealth flowers, as well as blooms representing Kensington Palace and Meghan’s home state of California. “As a British designer at a Parisian haute couture house … I am extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Waight Keller said, emphasizing the importance of the duchess choosing her to create her dress and the similarities between Meghan’s own change of life.

Throughout Meghan’s time as a working royal, the two worked together, and in December 2018, Meghan surprised Waight Keller by presenting her with an award at the British Fashion Awards.

According to WWD, the stylist’s final collection for the fashion house was the fall 2020 women’s ready-to-wear collection, which debuted in Paris on March 1st, and her exit came at the conclusion of her first contract with Givenchy.

Despite all of the talk about how the coronavirus epidemic might create a shift in the fashion world, altering the industry’s pace and values, it does not seem to have impacted the industry’s ever-increasing churn of names at the top.

Givenchy, which is owned by LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s biggest luxury goods business, said in a statement that it wished to “warmly thank Clare Waight Keller for her creative leadership, in contribution to our latest chapter.”

“Under her creative leadership, and in great collaboration with its ateliers and teams, the maison reconnected with the founding values of Hubert de Givenchy and his innate sense of elegance,” LVMH Fashion Group chairman and CEO Sidney Toledano stated. “I wish Clare all the best in her future endeavours.”

The departure had been reported since earlier this year and was described as “mutual” by someone with knowledge of the talks who was not allowed to speak publicly about them. Still, it’s an odd moment to change leaders, considering that the fashion industry is virtually closed and luxury is a difficult proposition in a world where unemployment is skyrocketing and the global economy is wobbling.

On Friday, the 49-year-old shared a video from Caraman, her haute couture autumn/winter women’s show in July 2018, which was a homage to Hubert de Givenchy, with the message “With love, Clare.”

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