The designer rumored to be the favorite to create Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has submitted her designs for a sexy, figure-hugging gown after an official request from the palace.
While the British Royal Family typically go for more traditional, modest designs – such as Kate Middleton’s A-line dress, Inbal Dror’s designs feature a slinky white dress, with long sleeves and a plunging neckline.
The first sketch, obtained by TMZ, by Dror, an Israeli designer with a penchant for racy silhouettes, shows a sexy long gown, with puffed shoulders and a neckline slashed to the waist.
The decolletage is covered with ruffled, high-necked lace which also peeks out at the wrists and at the ankles.
Inbal Dror, an Israeli designer with a penchant for revealing necklines and racy silhouettes, released sketches of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress. The first drawing (pictured) shows a sexy gown, with puffed shoulders and a neckline which plunges to the waist
The second sketch appears to be the back of the same dress. It reveals the detailing running along the back, which tapers down to buttons on the close-fitted rear, and sweeps out behind her in an elegant lace train
The third drawing shows a slightly different design, one that on more familiar ground for the royals. It’s an A-line design with a skirt that flows from the hips with detailing along the waist and hips. This design replaces the wide brimmed hat with a princess-like tiara
The fishtail style hugs the curves in all the right places, before finally flicking out to create a dramatic train behind, while the sketch was topped off with what appears to be a wide brimmed hat.
Dror had signed the design ‘For Meghan Markle, with love Inbal Dror.’
The second sketch appears to be the back of the same dress. It reveals the detailing running along the back, which tapers down to buttons on the close-fitted rear, and sweeps out behind her in an elegant lace train.
The third drawing shows a slightly different design, one that on more familiar ground for the royals.
It’s an A-line design with a skirt that flows from the hips with detailing along the waist and hips. This design replaces the wide brimmed hat with a princess-like tiara.
But the sketch still retains the long, wispy sleeves, of the other designs, as well as their low cut neckline with high collared chiffon or lace.
The Royal Family had asked Dror to provide a sketch of a potential dress, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Yet Dror’s sexy and form-fitting designs are a far cry from the demure conventions of dresses in royal weddings gone by. She is also a firm favorite with A-listes such as Beyoncé who wore one for the Grammys last year, and Naomi Watts.
Her designs typically go for between $8,000 to $10,000 but this dress would be in another price bracket altogether.
Israeli designer Inbal Dror is believed to be in the running to design Meghan Markle’s wedding dress for the big day in May
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Asked what makes her dresses unique in an interview with Elle magazine last year, Miss Dror said: ‘I think the bold style. It’s sexy, and I love to highlight a woman’s form.’
She also said: ‘I loved the feeling it gave me seeing a bride’s face when she wore the most special dress of her life. It’s an honour and a thrill to design such an important dress.’
The Tel Aviv-based designer is renowned in fashion circles for her daring and sensual hand-woven outfits – some of which have necklines that plunge right down to the bride’s waist. She has been designing wedding dresses since 2014.
Dror’s outfits are individually made, based on 30 different measurements, available at the Morgan-Davies Bridal boutique in London – with fittings by appointment only. In an interview with Bridal magazine in 2015, she said: ‘A wedding is such a significant event in a woman’s life, and it’s how she feels wearing the dress that emphasizes her features, and can make her feel like the queen of the night.’
Of course, no decisions have yet been made and Dror faces some fierce competition.
Markle’s best friend is Canadian fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney, who is sure to have a hand in her eventual choice.
Meghan, pictured on season five of Suits, has previously described her dream wedding dress as something ‘classic and simple’
One of the favourites is Erdem Moralioglu, on odds of 10/3, according to bookmaker Betfair.
The designer is Canadian with a British mother, and Miss Markle wore one of his £1,200 floral print maxi dresses for the wedding of Prince Harry’s friend Tom Inskip in Jamaica in March.
Alexander McQueen, who designed the Duchess of Cambridge’s gown, is also a favourite, although Miss Markle may wish to avoid copying her future sister-in-law.
As an American, one way Miss Markle could make a statement is by selecting an international designer.
In fact, former British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman has urged the Royal Family to avoid going for a British-made dress.
He said: ‘We need to be embracing international business. If we get ourselves into, “She’s marrying a British royal so she has to wear British” then we’re isolating ourselves.’
The Palace would not comment on the rumours. Miss Dror was not available for comment.
Dror has previously described how she wanted to make dresses that were ‘sophisticated, yet fantasy-like and dreamy’
… And how she might look in her other favourite labels
Romance from the big apple
If Meghan decides to support a U.S. designer, she could choose a classic wedding gown from Oscar de la Renta — who dressed everyone from Amal Clooney to Sarah Jessica Parker and is a favourite of Anna Wintour’s.
The designer died in 2014, but the label carries on with young duo Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, who are trying to add a modern twist to the designer’s timelessly romantic style.
Known for dressing New York’s Upper East Side girls, the label’s
Old Money glamour may not be Meghan’s first choice. But as a romantic at heart, she might just fall in love with a fairytale gown.
STYLE: Big skirts, trains and lashings of glitz.
COST: A minimum of £15,000.
RUNNER OR RIDER? If she takes advice from the American fashion crowd, then Oscar is the first choice. 7/10
Romantic design: If Meghan decides to support a U.S. designer, she could choose a classic gown from Oscar de la Renta — who dressed everyone from Amal Clooney to Sarah Jessica Parker
Will Posh Spice take a bow?
No, DON’T scoff! Meghan is certainly a fan of Victoria, as her simple, tailored styling is very much in tune with the Markle look.
Meghan told U.S. Glamour magazine: ‘I love Victoria Beckham dresses . ’ The Beckhams are friends of Kate and William — they attended the Royal Wedding in 2011 — so Victoria has perhaps already had an insider introduction.
But it is doubtful a designer known for simple, ready-to-wear looks will be asked to create a couture gown for such an important occasion. As one fashionista said: ‘Victoria Beckham is for lunch at The Wolseley, not your wedding day.’
STYLE: Short and modern, with some nifty tailoring.
COST: £1,000 for a short dress.
RUNNER OR RIDER? Highly unlikely, but gosh, what glorious fun it would be! 1/10
Bridal spice: Meghan is certainly a fan of Victoria, as her simple, tailored styling is ver y much in tune with the Markle look
Favourite with the in-crowd
Ralph & Russo is a luxurious, in-the-know label for high-profile women with alove of fashion.
The British-based label, run by Australian couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, specialises in elaborate couture dresses studded with crystals, devoré feathers, iridescent metallics and floorsweeping trains.
All of their dresses are made by hand, which can take up to 3,000 hours.
Meghan could be seen to be making a clever and unique choice with a label not seen on any other royals.
STYLE: Over-the-top embellishment. It would certainly be eye-catching.
COST: Starts at £100,000 — and goes up!
RUNNER OR RIDER? This could be a surprisesmash hit. 8/10
In-crowd pleaser: Ralph & Russo is a luxurious, in-the-know label for high-profile women with a love of fashion
Charmer born in Canada
One of the likeliest choices is Erdem, multiple award-winner and a favourite of Michelle Obama, SamCam and both Kate and Pippa Middleton.
Meghan wore a stunning full-lenGth £1,200 Erdem dress to a wedding in Jamaica this year.
UK-based, but born in Canada to a British mother and a Turkish father, Erdem Moralioglu has an important link to a country close to Meghan’s heart.
His team will be accustomed to dealing with high-profile women.
Erdem himself is charm personified and adored by his female clients.
STYLE: Wildly romantic. Layers of tulle, frills and signature flowers.
COST: Ready-to-wear gowns start at £5,000 — and a custom gown will be at least five times as much.
RUNNER OR RIDER? Loses a point as Meghan might make a wildcard.
Patriotic: One of the likeliest choices is Canadian designer Erdem, a multiple award-winner and favourite of Michelle Obama, SamCam and both Kate and Pippa Middelton
Her best friend’s selection
Meghan’s closest friend, Jessica Mulroney, does the PR for Kleinfeld, a hip Toronto wedding boutique, and styles herself as a wedding expert on TV.
She has already helped Meghan pick a wedding dress — for her Suits character Rachel Zane. The choice was ‘romantic’ and ‘perfect’, according to Meghan.
Jessica has said her ideal for a ‘cool and glamorous’ bride is Israel iPnina Tornai, known for figure-hugging gowns.
Pnina says she works hard to bring out the ‘inner princess’ in every bride — which inspires the fabrics she uses and her designs. A perfect match, perhaps?
STYLE: Unashamedly sexy — think slits and slashes.
COST: Dresses start at £4,500 and go up to £15,000.
RUNNER OR RIDER? Possibly a bit too eye-popping for the Queen. 4/10
Meghan’s closest pal, Jessica Mulroney, does the PR for Kleinfeld, a hip Toronto wedding boutique, and styles herself as a wedding expert on TV
Sloanes and celebs loves this Kiwi
New Zealand born,London-based Emilia Wickstead is a favourite of the Tatler crowd, creating bespoke gowns for the wealthy and well connected.
The effortlessly elegant wedding dress she designed for the Duke of Wellington’ s daughter Lady Charlotte Wellesley, when she married her billionaire groom inSpain last year, catapulted her to the top of every smart bride’s wishlist.
Clients include actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Diane Kruger — and the Duchess of Cambridge has also worn her designs. Wickstead’s ‘classic with a twist’ styling is just the kind of look that appeals to Ms Markle.
STYLE: Simple. Classic. Impeccably cut. It’ll also look totally different from anything that Kate and Pippa wore . . . which may be a bonus!
COST: A wedding gown starts at £3,000 and rises.
RUNNER OR RIDER? May not be dramatic enough for starry Meghan Markle. 8/10
Sloane ranger: London-based Emilia Wickstead is a favourite of the Tatler crowd, creating bespoke gowns for the wealthy which might be just what Miss Markle is after
A hint of Somerset Bohemia
Meghan appears to be immersing herself in British culture, which is why Somerset – based Alice Temperley could be an interesting choice for the royal bride — who says she likes ‘whimsical’ dresses.
Alice represents that ‘posh hippy’ look so loved by the British upper-classes — all flowing hemlines, embroidery and raggedly wild flowers clutched by the bride as she walks through a sheep pasture.
St George’s Chapel is a less formal setting than the Abbey, so a bohemian beauty such as this silk Lydie dress could be just the ticket.
STYLE: Romantic and billowy — often, they also don’t reach the ankles. Pair with a flower crown.
COST: £3,500 for a basic gown.
RUNNER OR RIDER? Don’t be surprised if Meghan picks this — i t’s so utterly different from what the Middleton sisters chose and could be in with a shot. 7/10
Nod to the Westcountry: Meghan appears to be fully immersing herself in British culture, which is why Somerset based Alice Temperley could be an interesting choice for the royal bride — who says that she likes ‘whimsical’ dresses
The exotic red carpet dazzler
Elie Saab creates showstoppers that really make an entrance. This theatricality would certainly appeal to Meghan, but what looks dazzling on the red carpet could look out of place in St George’s Chapel.
Still, the Lebanese designer with an atelier in Beirut has a worldwide following, appealing to film stars, Middle Eastern princesses and the Euro jet-set. Queen Rania of Jordan wore one of his gowns to husband King Abdullah’s 1999 Coronation.
STYLE: Over-the-top glamour. Many of his bridal gowns have a detachable skirt, so that the dress transforms at night into a shorter, party-ready style.
COST: In 2016, he sent a $300,000 bridal gown down the catwalk.
RUNNER OR RIDER? Elie Saab has no UK connections, which may count against him. 6/10
Dazzling: Elie Saab creates show-stoppers that really make an entrance. This theatricality would certainly appeal to Meghan, but what looks dazzling on the red carpet could look embarrassing in St George’s Chapel