Meghan Markle's Second Wedding Dress Had a Personal Meaning for Her

It was designed to reflect her "joy."

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Meghan Markle's bridal looks will forever be part of history. If you need a quick refresh: She first walked down the aisle in a Givenchy wedding gown (opens in new tab), then followed up with a Stella McCartney halter-neck dress (opens in new tab) for the reception. While Meghan herself hasn't publicly commented on either of her outfits, McCartney, who designed the second dress, recently spoke to BBC (opens in new tab) about the creation process.

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In the interview, the designer revealed she and Meghan "worked" together on designing the gown. "You know, it was very much her dress and I felt very proud that she came to me for that part of the wedding and that she got to reflect her in it," McCartney said. The sleeveless number was clean, modern, and sophisticated—qualities that Meghan always channels with her clothes (opens in new tab).

The designer also went on to say the dress served as a place for Meghan to reflect on her journey to becoming a royal (she's now known as the Duchess of Sussex (opens in new tab)). "I think it was the last moment she could reflect sort of the other side to her and you know, the joy and the human within in," she said.

On May 19, Meghan walked out in the stunning ensemble and sweetly marked the special moment with a tribute to Princess Diana (opens in new tab) by wearing her aquamarine ring (opens in new tab).

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Marina Liao
Fashion Editor

Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.