Eight bridal designers imagine how they’d dress Meghan Markle

Betting might have stopped on who’s designing her gown, but these illustrations win big in the style stakes

Justin Alexander

“Meghan Markle’s sense of style is polished and current,” observes Justin Warshaw, president and co-creative director. “However, as she will be marrying into the royal family, she’ll need something a bit more conservative that is still unique and captivating. This high-neck, fit-and-flare beaded lace gown is subtly sexy. The floral and heraldry motifs layered over silk tulle and charmeuse are refined and fittingly untraditional.”

Sassi Holford

“Sassi would be delighted to design for Meghan as she feels she connects with her understated style,” shares Gemma Worwood at the brand. “She thinks Meghan will have more freedom than Catherine did to mix formality with Hollywood glamour. The sketched dress combines 3D embroidered tulle, delicate beading and sheer sleeves.”

Rosa Clara

“Meghan Markle has a graceful style that’s simple yet daring at the same time,” considers designer Rosa Clará. “The dress I am dreaming up for her would be a faithful reflection of her personality. The body of the dress would be made of French lace with a deep V neckline on the back, subtly decorated with rhinestones, and I would create a voluminous skirt in natural silk organza adorned with silver thread embroidery.”

Anny Lin Bridal

“We’re very excited about Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding,” admits the brand’s Stephanie Liang. “Our designer, Anny, believes the bride will wear a long-sleeved gown with a collar and full, A-line shape. Anny has redesigned our existing Samorn gown, with its gem-encrusted French lace, to include pleats and tiny ruffles on the bodice. The skirt is scattered with 3D florals to complete the princess feel.”

Alessandra Rinaudo

“We predict Meghan will opt for two styles,” says creative director Alessandra Rinaudo. “The first [above], dedicated to the ceremony, will have a detachable silk organza overskirt, while the second one, for the party, will be sensual and feminine. Layers of handmade embroidered French lace and a fit-and-flare silhouette will ensure the former helps Meghan to make an entrance.”

Hayley Paige Bridal

“The under-dress is a form-flattering silhouette, with couture draping and an off-the-shoulder neckline,” explains designer Hayley Paige of her sketch for Meghan. “The detachable over-skirt consists of micro-pleated tulle and laser-cut elements. Since Meghan’s maiden name rhymes with ‘sparkle’, I see no harm in sprinkling a few rhinestones throughout the cascading fabric!”

Stephanie Allin

“We might be in for a surprise: she could potentially go for a Canadian designer or someone who isn’t a big name,” reckons Stephanie. “I would be shocked if she went for a lace gown because she tends to wear a lot of alternative luxury fabrics. I’m envisaging silk crêpe and something with a great deal of movement and a modern sensibility.”

Catriona Garforth

“For Meghan’s gown, we have used our signature bias-cut, soft satin skirt that skims over the curves of the body and falls softly to the ground,” describes Catriona. “The long train is decorated with pearl buttons all the way up to the waist. A glittering belt separates the skirt from the heavy floral lace that trickles up the bust and down the open back. This is a feminine, confident, sophisticated look for a princess-in-waiting.”