Who Made Meghan Markle's Engagement Dress? And How To Get The Look

Who Made Meghan Markle's Engagement Photo Dress?
In this handout photo provided by Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos at Frogmore House in December, 2017 in Windsor, United Kingdom. Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images

Meghan Markle embraced her Hollywood roots for her official engagement photos with fiancé Prince Harry. Instead of choosing a simple dress, like her soon-to-be sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge in 2010, Markle was photographed in a couture gown.

The Suits actress wore a black gown—featuring a sheer bodice with gold embroidery and a tulle skirt—by the British label Ralph and Russo's 2017 fall couture collection. The original gown was presented on the runway in July without the more modest, nude-colored lining added to Markle's dress.

Meanwhile, Harry, 33, donned a simple blue suit.

For the second, more casual photo, Markle chose a white knit sweater by British designer Victoria Beckham, who is married to soccer superstar David Beckham. The purpose of the photo is to show off the three-stone engagement ring designed by Harry, including two diamonds from Princess Diana's personal collection. The more intimate shot, with Prince Harry and his bride-to-be snuggling for the camera, looks not unlike a jewelry ad.

The clothing and the poses are a clear departure from the official engagement photos of Harry's older brother, Prince William, and the then Kate Middleton, taken in December 2010. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were more formal in every way, befitting the man who could be king. Their snuggling was more polite; Markle is wrapped in Harry's coat, with her hand resting on his face.

The couple also chose to use a different photographer. Mario Testino, a longtime friend and photographer for the royal family, shot William and Middleton's engagement photos. Harry and Markle hired photographer Alexi Lubomirksi. "A huge thank you to His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms Markle, for allowing me to take their official engagement portraits," Lubomirksi wrote on Instagram.

"Not only was it an incredible honour [sic], but also an immense privilege to be invited to share and be a witness to this young couple's love for each other. I cannot help but smile when I look at the photos that we took," the photographer continued.

Mark's Ralph and Russo dress is not available, but, according to People.com, you can find a similar look by Tadashi Shoji for just $428 on Nordstrom's website.

Harry and Markle announced their engagement in November. The couple are set to tie the knot at St. George's Chapel Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.

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