Before she met Prince Harry, Meghan Markle once described her ideal wedding dress. “Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist,” she told Glamour magazine in a 2016 interview.
Now one of the most famous women in the world, could Ms. Markle be walking down the aisle in an Israeli designer’s wedding dress?
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Israeli haute couture bridal fashion designer Inbal Dror received an official request from the British royal family to provide a dress sketch for Markle’s upcoming wedding to Prince Harry, the Jerusalem Post reported last week.
Dror’s sexy and dramatic wedding dress designs have been anything but “classic and simple”, showing the future Mrs. Prince Harry may want to make a more daring sartorial statement. Fashion bible Harper’s Bazaar praised Dror for her “sexy silhouettes, illusion paneling, and intricate embroidery.” Known for her revealing backs and perfectly placed embellishments, Dror also added modern and sexy touches to her Fall 2018 collection, including tailored jackets, high slits, and intricate sheer overlay.
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Vogue described Dror’s 2018 bridalwear collection as “dresses that are more like red carpet gowns than traditional bridal fare” with a range of beading, embroidery, corsets, bows, and lace. But even with lace, tulle, and other timeless fabrics, these low-cut and form-fitting looks are worlds apart from the more traditional wedding dresses we’ve seen on royal figures in the past, including the one worn by Meghan Markle’s future sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.
Dror is perhaps best known for dressing superstar Beyonce at the 58th Grammy Awards, where the singer presented Record of the Year. The dress, a high necked white lace gown with tulle insets from Dror’s 2016 bridal collection, was given the thumbs up from fashion critics, with Harper’s Bazaar calling it “a perfect fit for the ‘Formation’ singer, who’s not afraid to walk the carpet in something sparkly or sheer.”
Of the event, Dror told NoCamels that she loves “making special gowns for incredibly special occasions. It’s a real honor and privilege to be part of such an important day in people’s lives,” she said in a 2016 interview.
Dror also created a new custom line with Victorian and tribal influences for the Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ world tour, which began on April 27, 2016 and continued through October of the same year.
Beyonce was not the first star Dror’s dressed. In 2015, the designer made a second dress for Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli’s wedding to businessman Adi Ezra, with Refaeli telling HELLO! magazine’s HFM that the dress had to be simple, sexy and comfortable, without being flashy. “I wanted to feel sexy during the dance party so I chose a second dress that almost looks like a nightgown,” she said.
Dror has also dressed celebs like ballet dancer Misty Copeland, TV personality Giuliana Rancic, and actress Kelly Kruger.
Who is Inbal Dror?
Born in Ashdod, Dror graduated from the prestigious Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art in Ramat Gan. She went on to spend four years in Milan, training under world-renowned designers like Roberto Cavalli. While she only launched her first official bridal collection in 2014 and is based in Tel Aviv, the talented designer has had trunk shows throughout the United States and Canada, runway shows at New York Bridal Fashion Week, and her gowns are sold across the world.
A couture Inbal Dror creation is likely to go for anywhere between $8,000 and $12,000, according to various high-end bridal boutiques, like Dimitra’s Bridal Couture in Chicago, Illinois, where future brides can try on her dresses by appointment only.
Markle, as an American, would be making a bold statement by choosing an international designer for her wedding dress. Former British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman says he thinks it would be a great idea. “We need to be embracing international business,” he told the Daily Mail, “If we get ourselves into, ‘She’s marrying a British royal so she has to wear British,’ then we’re isolating ourselves.”