Emilia Wickstead has fired back at reports suggesting the Givenchy gown Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wore for the royal wedding was a copy of one of her creations.
The fashion designer hit headlines after a tabloid suggested that she thought Meghan’s wedding dress, designed by artistic director Clare Waight Keller, was “identical” to an item from her own line. However, Wickstead took to Instagram on Sunday (27May18) and insisted that her words had been misreported.
“I am extremely saddened by commentary that has appeared in the press and on-line over the past few days,” the 34-year-old wrote in a statement. “Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex looked absolutely beautiful on her wedding day and I have the utmost admiration and respect for her. I do not think that her wedding dress was a copy of any of our designs. I have the greatest respect for Clare Waight Keller and the House of Givenchy – a huge inspiration to me.”
The New Zealand born fashion mogul concluded her post by wishing the royal newlyweds “a wonderful, happy and love filled life together.”
Wickstead, who counts Meghan’s sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as a client, faced much criticism on social media for her alleged comments, and in the wake of the drama, her brand’s official Twitter account has also vanished from the platform.
As well as alleging that the bridal gown was a copy of one of her own, The Daily Mail also reported that the designer criticised the fit of the $265,000 (£200,000) Givenchy garment, saying: “If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose.”
This echoes the sentiments of singer Katy Perry, who also felt the former Suits actress’ gown could have been more tailored to her figure.
“I would have done one more fitting,” she told Entertainment Tonight shortly after the wedding on 19 May.