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.”
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’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.”
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.