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The royal wedding and Meghan Markle’s magical dress

by Julie Goodwin, / Thursday June 14th 2018

royal wedding and Meghan Markle magical dress - Julie Goodwin Couture Melbourne couturier

Meghan Markle is now an official member of the royal family, and in the lead up to the big day her dress was a trending topic for millions of fans.

When I was asked by Anna Byrne to design a frock for the Herald Sun’s ‘big day dress prediction’ piece, it was easy – I’d been designing Meghan’s dress in my head for weeks.

I’ve always been a fan of Meghan and her style; she’s elegant, minimal and classic. She’s a lover of neutral tones and clean lines, as am I, and I don’t think I’ve even seen an accessory out of place.

She’s a woman who wears most things well. As a royal with natural poise, Meghan is every couturier’s dream, and there’s something about the way she holds herself that oozes a kind of calm confidence.

To design a dress for such a woman was no easy feat, but I’ve never been shy of a wedding challenge. Alongside Jason Grech, Cappellazzo Couture and Con Ilio, my Meghan Markle wedding dress design featured in the Herald Sun in all its shimmering glory.


My ‘big day dress prediction’

“Meghan is a very modern woman with a natural vibe and nothing to prove, so my design was relaxed but a little structured, as she looks great in clean lines. Made from Dormeuil ‘Barathea’, a high-end pure wool fabric with a lovely drape, the neckline plunged a little, while maintaining Meghan’s modesty.


Design for Meghan Markle wedding dress - Julie Goodwin Couture Melbourne couturier


The vine and floral patterns along the train were embellished in tiny pearls and modelled on the olive branch of the US coat of arms, and the English rose from the royal coat of arms. I decided to go without a veil, but I borrowed some of Queen Elizabeth’s diamonds for a little Hollywood glamour and added a necklace in the hair instead of a traditional tiara.”

Meghan ended up wearing a long-sleeve boat-neck gown on the big day, but I’ve filed my design in case she calls for a Christening outfit.

It’s a classic style that suits many women, and it can be altered to suit different occasions too.

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