- Chris Jackson via Getty / Instagram @inbaldrorofficial
- Speculations over who will design Meghan Markle’s wedding dress began soon after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced.
- Israeli designer Inbal Dror has sketched three designs, which were leaked on Tuesday.
- This isn’t the first time Dror has designed couture for elite clients.
- In 2016, Beyonce wore a bespoke dress designed by Dror to the Grammys.
The world has been hit with a serious case of Royal Wedding Fever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement at the end of November.
First, there was the endless speculation over where the couple would marry – which was later announced to be St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Then it was the date, which was confirmed on Friday to be Saturday May 19, 2018.
Now, the public has moved on to guessing which label Markle will choose to design her wedding dress.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli fashion designer Inbal Dror – whose dresses are shown in the Instagram post below – was asked by palace officials to provide some sketches of potential wedding dress designs for Markle last week.
When approched by Business Insider, a spokesperson for Inbal Dror declined to comment on whether Dror had been approached by the palace.
Nevertheless, the spokesperson did say: “We have been responding to an initiative of the Bridal Council to present the sketches [for Markle].”
As of this morning, the dress designs have been leaked via celebrity news site TMZ. A spokesperson for Inbal Dror then sent the designs to Business Insider a few hours later. See them below:
- Inbal Dror
The three designs from Dror, each annotated with the phrase “for Meghan Markle, with love,” all feature tight bodices, high-neck collars, long sleeves, lace accents, and flowing skirts – which could be insights into the type of dress Markle is looking for.
British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman told the Daily Mail that he wouldn’t be surprised if Markle and the royal family chose an international designer to craft the bride’s gown – especially in light of the fact that Markle isn’t British herself.
“We need to be embracing international business,” said Tillman. “If we get ourselves into, ‘She’s marrying a British royal so she has to wear British’ then we’re isolating ourselves.”
Dror’s trademark styles tend to feature elegant fabrics, tight bodices, and plunging necklines. Her dresses typically tend to sell for between $8,000 and $10,000 (£6,000 and £7,500), although it’s difficult to estimate how much a bespoke bridal gown for the royal wedding would cost.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Dror has provided a bespoke dress for an A-Lister client. In 2016, Beyoncé wore a bespoke Inbal Dror gown – shown above – to the Grammy Awards.
The dress also featured long sleeves, white lace accents, a high collar, and flowing skirt – much like Dror’s designs for Markle.