While we may not be attending the royal wedding, we could be seeing a bit of Aussie flair at St. George’s Chapel, with reports circulating that Meghan Markle has chosen Australian designers Ralph & Russo to design her much-talked about gown.
According to The Daily Mail, a “well-placed informant” has revealed Meghan’s choice, referring to the luxury label as a British brand.
The pair behind the name, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, are Australian-born designers who moved to London in 2007 to launch the brand. The pair met by chance on Tamara’s first day in London, bumping into each other on King’s Road. A year later, after a long-distance relationship, Michael paid for Tamara’s one-way ticket to London and sewing machine and since then, the pair have been making waves in the fashion world.
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Appearing on Fortune magazine’s “40 Under 40” and with a clientele including Angelina Jolie, Bella Hadid, Beyoncé, and Penelope Cruz, Ralph & Russo have gone from strength to strength after 11 years.
Meghan’s wedding dress is not their only bump with royalty, with Princess Ameera al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia and Sheikha Mozah, the consort to the Emir of Qatar both favouring the brand.
Meghan has already worn the brand in the past, choosing a floor-length gown from their fall 2016 couture collection for her and Prince Harry’s official engagement photos.
However, when asked about the reports that they will be in charge of creating Meghan’s wedding dress, a spokesperson for Ralph & Russo said, “We will be politely declining to comment on this topic.”
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