NZ designer denies Meghan Markle wedding dress copying claims

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GettyMeghan’s dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller French fashion house Givenchy’s first female art

There is, perhaps, a modern morality tale at its heart.

A designer named Emilia Wickstead from New Zealand, recently made headlines after claiming that Meghan Markle's wedding gown was "identical" to one of her own designs, the Daily Mail reported.

'Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, "It's an Emilia Wickstead dress".

It continues: "Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex looked absolutely attractive on her wedding day and I have the utmost admiration and respect for her".

Markle and Keller met in December, and after a few exchanges, Markle told the designer in January that she had been chosen to design the royal wedding dress.

Meghan Markle wore a Givenchy design Clare Waight Keller, which closely resembles a dress designed by Wickstead, who has prepared looks for Kate Middleton.

Meghan Markle at her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry.

"I do not think that the wedding dress was a copy of any of our designs". The implication being that Wickstead thought Givenchy artistic director Clare Waight Keller was apeing her design.

Despite Wickstead's claim, the Royal Family has claimed the dress was a unique collaboration between Markle and Keller. On Net-a-porter alone, in the three days following the wedding, full price sales on Givenchy had increased tenfold.

The current source du jour of industry gossip is the Instagram account Diet Prada.

The fallout was immediate, with Wickstead's Twitter account suspended and tabloid stories slamming the Kiwi designer, that lives in London, forcing her into damage control mode. She worked at Giorgio Armani and Proenza Schouler in NY before setting up her own label in London in 2008.

The white, silk-crepe halter-neck gown was arguably more popular among viewers, especially for being a little more racy.

'Here, Wickstead swipes an ultra-specific box-pleated bust cupped brasserie/bow adorned tailoring detail for her SS18 collection from a 1950s Jacques Fath look.

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