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21 May 2018

Ravensbourne alumni design both royal wedding dresses worn by Meghan Markle at her wedding to Prince Harry

Both wedding and evening gowns worn by Ms Meghan Markle at her wedding to His Royal Highness Prince Harry were designed by graduates of Ravensbourne’s Department of Fashion.

Ms Markle chose Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy to design her stunning floor length gown for the ceremony in St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday. It was made from silk cady and featured a bateau neckline and a triple silk organza underskirt with a showstopping five metre silk veil.

Graduating in the early 1990s, Clare Waight Keller studied fashion at Ravensbourne and has gone on to become Givenchy’s first female creative director.

Ms Waight Keller commented: “We wanted to create a timeless piece that would emphasise the iconic codes of Givenchy throughout its history, as well as convey modernity through sleek lines and sharp cuts. In contrast, the delicate floral beauty of the veil was a vision Meghan and I shared, a special gesture embracing the commonwealth flora, ascending the circumference of the silk tulle.

The bride later changed into a lily white halter dress for the evening reception at Frogmore House designed by another of Ravensbourne’s graduates, Stella McCartney.

The world renowned designer undertook a fashion foundation diploma at Ravensbourne before going on to become creative director at Chloé and progressing to launch her own fashion house.

Speaking of their recent success, Director Professor Linda Drew said: “Everyone is so proud to see Ravensbourne alumni making history with what are truly stunning pieces of fashion.

“It is a real testament to the dedicated, talented fashion teams we have had over the years and continue to have here at Ravensbourne, who produce graduates of this calibre. My best wishes and warmest congratulations go out to them both.”

You can find further details on the courses available at Ravensbourne’s Department of Fashion.

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