While Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress by Claire Waight Keller has inspired some criticism, designer Emilia Wickstead went one step further in her critique of the dress, calling it a knockoff of one of her own bridal dress designs. Wickstead, by the way, is a designer that Kate Middleton wears frequently. Markle wore one of her designs during Anzac Day, for the Westminster service:
“Her dress is identical to one of our dresses,” Wickstead told The Daily Mail. “Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, ‘It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress.'” Wickstead is seemingly referring to this dress, which her team just posted on her bridal Instagram two days ago. Interesting timing:
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Wickstead also went on to blast the fit but in much blunter terms than Katy Perry did before. “If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect,” she said. Her wedding dress was quite loose.” Also, Wickstead didn’t like the messy bun: “I was like, ‘Hold the wisps [of her hair] back—it’s a Royal Wedding for God’s sake.'”
Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed!
Despite her complaint, Wickstead backtracked her comments immediately after being accused of plagiarism by Diet Prada and a suspended Twitter account.
Since @emiliawickstead has gotten her knickers all in a twist over the supposed infringement of her groundbreaking design, here is yet another archival 1967 Givenchy wedding dress from the @chicagomuseum that may have served as inspiration for Clare Waight Keller’s Givenchy design. Different construction with the seaming and a more traditional boatneck than Keller's exaggerated version, but overall a strong resemblance with the relaxed trumpet silhouette vs. Wickstead's A-line skirt and fully bare shoulders. Dieters, how do you feel about Wickstead going off on Markle/Givenchy? Personally did not expect someone at her level to try and make this historic moment about herself smh. Pro tip: don’t bite the hand that feeds you if you want to keep cashing those royal paychecks lol • #royalwedding #royal #royalfamily #meghanmarkle #princeharry #royalstyle #givenchy #clairewaightkeller #emiliawickstead #chicagohistorymuseum #silk #bridal #weddingdress #couture #hautecouture #wedding #dress #gown #veil #tulle #crown #jewels #white #wiwt #ootd #dietprada
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This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US.
Additional reporting by Michelle Varinata