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Meghan Markle Makes An Ethical Fashion Statement On Her Wedding Day

by: Lucy Jones | 2 years ago | News

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I am ashamed to admit that I wasn't excited about the royal wedding at all. I wasn't even going to watch the ceremony but, by some lucky accident, I ended up in front of the telly on Saturday night. Sitting there with a glass of Champers in my hand, I was instantly swept up in the drama of it all: the crowds! The castle grounds! The carriages! And the hideous hats, so many hideous hats. During the ceremony, I was moved Reverend Bishop Michael Curry’s rousing, albeit awkwardly long, speech and the Kingdom Choir’s soulful rendition of Stand By Me. Then, there was the happy couple. Meghan Markle looked incredibly elegant in a Givenchy Haute Couture dress that was designed by Clare Waight Keller and Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara. Prince Harry scrubbed up pretty well too. Against all odds, the royal wedding felt contemporary and cool. That is a huge achievement considering just how many ugly hats were in the building.

The real highlight of the royal wedding though, came after the ceremony. When the vows were done and dusted, Meghan Markle reemerged from Windsor Castle in a Stella McCartney gown. With this ethical fashion choice, she showed the world that she cares about the impact her clothes have on people and the planet. Markle paired the high-neck white silk crepe gown with an aquamarine ring that had belonged to Princess Diana — something ‘old’, ‘borrowed’ and ‘blue’ — and some handcrafted Aquazzura shoes.

“I am so proud and honoured to have been chosen by the Duchess of Sussex to make her evening gown and represent British design,” McCartney told WWD. “It has truly been one of the most humbling moments of my career and I am so proud of all the team on this stunning sunny royal day.”

Stella McCartney is committed to social and environmental sustainability. The company has been working with a carefully selected range of fair suppliers and factories since 2001 and aims to make circularity a reality for their brand and the wider fashion industry. Since 2012, Stella McCartney has been measuring and working to reduce its environmental impact. It also uses sustainably sourced (and made) materials like sustainable viscose, recycled nylon and reengineered cashmere as much as possible. The sustainable fashion pioneer dressed Amal Clooney and Oprah Winfrey for the wedding ceremony and Meghan Markle’s mum, Doria Ragland, for the reception. It’s great to see Markle (and others) use the enormous platform that is the royal wedding to support sustainable fashion. We look forward to her long and meaningful reign!

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