All about the designers vying to create Meghan Markle's royal wedding dress
Which designer will she pick? Has she started fittings yet? Will she break from tradition? The build-up to the biggest wedding of the year has everyone talking.
With every Royal Wedding comes a Royal Rumor Mill. Every day, it seems there's new speculation and reports about how far Princess-to-be Meghan Markle has progressed in her wedding plans. Where will they honeymoon? Which designer did she pick? What will the dress look like? Will she go the traditional route and choose something reminiscent of previous royals like her late mother-in-law Diana, or will she go off the beaten path and select something more chic and contemporary?
We might not know all the details yet, but it's sure fun to speculate; British citizens are already placing bets online on who will get the honor of designing Markle's dress. According to one betting site, the most likely contenders are French designer Roland Mouret (3-to-1 odds), Israeli designer Inbal Dror (7-to-2 odds) and British designer Jenny Packham (4-to-1 odds). We predict a tight race right up to the May 19 nuptials. Also, is there anything British people won't bet on?
Since we're still a few months from the big day, the landscape could change at any moment. But for now, let's take a look at the three designers on betting site Ladbroke's leaderboard, plus one other designer who's sent tongues wagging after odds skyrocketed to 18-to-1 within a day.
Mouret, a native of France, met Markle several years ago in an elevator, and the two became fast friends. So it wouldn't be too outlandish to call him a major candidate in the game. He recently sparked speculation that he was in the running when he said, in an interview with the New York Post: "Meghan knows really well what she likes and the main thing with Meghan is to listen to her and work in collaboration with her." When pressed further, he said, "I've already said too much."
Celebrities such as Eva Mendes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Claire Danes and Jennifer Garner have worn Mouret's frocks, so it's only natural that the California-born Markle would fall in line.
Back in December, it was revealed that Inbal Dror, the cutting-edge designer from Israel who's dressed Beyonce and actress Naomi Watts and is known for sultry, show-stopping styles, has officially submitted sketches to the Royal Palace. Where they went after that, or what they looked like, remain a closely guarded secret.
Aside from her headline-making celebrity collaborations that include Beyonce and Naomi Watts, Dror is also a successful entrepreneur whose collection can be found in boutiques in New York Paris, London, Toronto, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Seoul. A graduate of the prestigious Shenkar College in Israel, she lived in Milan for four years under the tutelage of Roberto Cavalli before opening her own bridal label in Israel in 2010.
The British designer's wedding gowns are known for being timeless and elegant. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, chose a dress of Packham's to wear to the ARK gala in 2011, and continued to wear the designer to other functions, including when she left St. Mary's Hospital after giving birth to her children. It could be the perfect match for Markle, especially because Packham is a Brit.
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Though the man himself has passed away, Alexander McQueen's fashion house is still going strong. And in 2011, it was he – more specifically, his successors – who was tapped to design a dress for Kate Middleton, who would become the Duchess of Cambridge. Fast forward seven years later, and his name is once again on the lips of many spectators who may or may not have inside information on Markle's dress decision. Markle herself has worn several of McQueen's pieces to various events, including a navy pantsuit to the Endeavour Awards with fiancee Harry earlier this month. That outfit, you might recall, also included a sleek white bodysuit from Israeli-based Tuxe Bodywear.
Now that you've got the inside track, it might be time to start placing your bets. Legally, of course.
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