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Countdown To The Royal Wedding: The Battle to Dress Meghan Markle for Her Big Day

When Megan Markle steps out in front of the world to marry Prince Harry, one thing is guaranteed to bring the biggest gasp from the millions of viewers tuning in for the nuptials—her wedding dress, of course.

It will be the biggest fashion moment of the year and the most closely guarded secret of the day. Like Kate Middleton and her intricately designed Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dressand Princess Diana‘s dramatic 25-foot train crafted by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, Meghan’s choice promises to be just as iconic and will earn whoever the lucky designer is a place in the royal history books.

And with just four months to go until May 19, the clock is ticking fast.

“It’s a lengthy interview process,” explains Christine Ross, editor of Meghan’s Mirror, a site dedicated to everything you could possibly want to know about Meghan’s fashion. “I imagine Meghan has reached out to designers she loves and admires and has spoken with them about design options and their design process. From there, she would choose a designer who she clicks with to create the perfect bespoke gown.”

At the moment it’s anyone’s guess whom Meghan might collaborate with—although luckily for her, she won’t be making the decision purely on her own because her best friend is Canadian fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney.

Meghan Markle, Jessica Mulroney

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Jessica has proved she can keep a secret (she has known about Meghan and Harry’s clandestine romance since their very first date) and is the perfect person to bounce fashion ideas off of.”[She] loves everything from high-end iconic name brands like Burberry and Prada, to smaller designers like Mackage and Sarah Flint,” Ross explains. “I think Emilia Wickstead, the go-to bespoke bridal designer for posh London brides-to-be, would be a very safe choice. She may also surprise us with a bespoke gown from Erdem, a Canadian designer she has worn for many years.”

Sarah Burton, Emilia Wickstead, Misha Nonoo

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Picking a Canadian designer would certainly be a way for the California native to honor her home away from home during her time shooting Suits in Toronto (during which she actually got to pick out a wedding dress in character).

An American choice, meanwhile, would be a lovely way to pay tribute to her country of birth. Or she could opt for someone in the British fashion world, such as her friend Misha Nonoo, as a symbol of allegiance to her new home (she is currently in the process of becoming a British citizen).

“I think she should wear Stella McCartney,” stylist Karla Welch told us with a twinkle in her eye at the Stella McCartney Fall Fashion Preview event in L.A. But she had plenty of reasons to back up the endorsement: “British and modern, and a feminist,” Welch said. “And strong and unconventional.”

“I’ll take that as a compliment,” added Stella McCartney herself. Asked if she would take on the job if asked, she says she would “definitely think about it.” Prodded a little further, McCartney admitted she’d of course be honored.

“I’ve done a few wedding dresses for very close friends and it’s an incredible honor,” she explained, “so of course, you know, I think it’s one of the most special days in anyone’s life. And it’s such a personal affair, so I’m a big fan of doing wedding dresses in general.”

 

In 2011 Meghan’s soon to be sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, did just that and went with a British designer. But that decision wasn’t without its issues. While Sarah Burton was able to nab the gig because of her ability to be discrete, the biggest surprise of the year was spoiled when she was spotted sneaking into Kate’s hotel for a last-minute fitting the night before the big day. Despite hiding her face under a huge hat, an eagle-eyed reporter noticed the mystery woman was wearing Burton’s trademark uniform, which was well known within fashion circles: a studded belt and ballet flats.

And just like that, the biggest secret of the year was out.

It’s a faux pas Meghan’s designer will be making every effort not to repeat.

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