Ralph and Russo wedding dress: Pictures show what Meghan Markle’s dress could look like
MEGHAN Markle’s wedding dress designer has been named as Ralph & Russo. With just days to go before the former US actress’s big day, we reveal some of Ralph & Russo most classic white designs – could one be the inspiration for Meghan’s wedding dress?
An insider has revealed Meghan has chosen Australian designer duo, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, to make the first of two wedding dresses she will wear during the day.
Ralph & Russo was founded in 2007 and the designer duo opened its flagship store in London’s Mayfair shortly followed by another in Paris on Rue Francois 1er.
In 2015, the brand opened its first boutique in Harrods.
Australian designer duo Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo were tipped as the favourite to design Meghan’s wedding dress after she wore a £56,000 semi-sheer black evening dress from the label for her official engagement portrait.
And Ralph & Russo also boast Angelia Jolie, Bella Hadrid, Beyonce, Celine Dion, Gwyneth Paltrow, Priyanka Chopra and Princess Ameera al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia among their notable clients.
Ms Ralph also became the first female creative director from the UK in nearly 100 years deemed eligible to showcase her collection during Paris Haute Couture week.
And as the countdown to the highly anticipated royal wedding begins, we reveal Ralph & Russo latest designs.
One wedding dress showcased at the elite Paris Fashion Week earlier this year shows a stunning full skirt dress with intricate beading and a delicate veil embellished with a lace appliqué.
Another dress unveiled during the elite fashion week echoes Meghan’s dress from her engagement photos with Prince Harry with has delicate flowers sewn into a sheer white bodice atop a billowing skirt.
With nods to the Duchess of Cambridge’s lace full sleeves, a third wedding dress paraded on the Paris catwalk last July also features delicate beading and a long train.
In 2016 the designer duo created a wedding dress that had a train so long it required six atelier staff to turn it at the end of the runway.
The gown boasted 826 metres of tulle and 46 metres of organza, with millions of micro-beads, crystals, pearls, delicate shaped organza flowers and three-dimensional petals and leaves hand-embroidered onto the wedding dress.
Michael Russo said: ”The embroidery alone for the SS16 bridal gown took over 50 couturiers 6,000 combined hours to create.
“We encourage clients to get in touch as soon as possible with bridal requests, and in general advise that six months be given for creation.”
Tamara Ralph added: “Our bridal pieces are extremely intricate and can take over 7,000 hours to make, with up to 24 couturiers working on the gown at any time.
“The weight of the gown depends on the client’s fabric of choice, but where possible, we do try to reduce this so that the bride is comfortable when walking.
“We work very closely with every bride to ensure that they are completely happy and confident on their special day.”
Following in her future sister-in-law Kate’s footsteps, Meghan will change into another wedding dress for a second, black-tie evening reception thrown by Prince Charles at Frogmore House in the grounds of Windsor Great Park.
Burberry boss Christopher Bailey is now said to be odds favourite for designing Meghan’s second wedding dress.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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