Meghan Markle left wedding attendees at St. George's Chapel in awe when she arrived at the church in her white haute couture Givenchy gown. The dress, designed by the French fashion house's artistic director Clare Waight Keller, effortlessly draped over Markle's lithe frame, highlighting her shoulders and collarbone with an open bateau neckline.
And, according to one of Princess Diana's wedding dress designers, Elizabeth Emmanuel, the classic choice made a statement through its utter simplicity. "I thought she looked absolutely beautiful,” Emmanuel exclusively told People.
Unlike other royal wedding gowns, like Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen number or Princess Diana's taffeta lace design, Markle steered away from embellishment, which didn't surprise Emmanuel. "I expected it to not have decoration,” she said.
“It was absolutely plain and pure and elegant,” Emmanuel added. “Past royal wedding gowns tend to be very classic and very traditional, and this wasn’t because it did not have all the lace and all the decoration and anything on it. It was a new kind of look, but still classical and regal.”
Ahead of Markle and Prince Harry's big day, Diana's second dress designer and Emmanuel's then-husband, David, expressed that Meghan couldn't be a "sex bomb," saying: "What would I put Meghan in? Something sleek and clean, quite bodied with a long train, and I’d put her in a clinging silk crepe. But, you know, she can’t be the sex bomb on her wedding day. She can look smoldering and wonderful, but it’s got to be regal.”
Though she didn't wear a clinging gown, David wasn't completely off with his assessment, as the Duchess of Sussex walked down the aisle in a pure silk design, which was cushioned by a triple silk organza underskirt. A sleek waist and three-quarter sleeves added just enough modern femininity.
If you ask us, Meghan completely nailed it!
This article originally appeared on InStyle US.