Is It Just Me, Or Did Meghan Markle's Gown Look Just Like Jennifer Lopez's In 'The Wedding Planner'?
The Duchess's Givenchy dress seemed awfully similar to the one J.Lo wore in the 2001 rom-com.
On May 19, 2018, Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry at Windsor Castle in a classic Givenchy wedding gown. She later changed into a sexy Stella McCartney number (more on that later), but it was Markle's wedding dress that had the internet wondering: Where have I seen that before? In addition to Cinderella, she was also compared to a legendary romantic comedy. Turns out Markle's royal wedding gown looked a lot like the one Jennifer Lopez wore in The Wedding Planner. Markle opted for a demure gown with an open neckline and three-quarter length sleeves, and you know who else did that in 2001? J.Lo.
Once the comparison was made, it could never be unseen. However, the gown J.Lo's character, Mary Fiore, rocked in the movie never saw its big day. She ended up ditching her hubby-to-be in favor of Matthew McConaughey's character, Steve Edison. Thankfully, Markle saw her own dress to the finish line.
Many fans pointed out the similarities online, but when journalist Amy Odell shared a side-by-side pic of the gowns, it went viral. Naturally, this also meant a flame war in the comments section. Many fans seemed to be annoyed (why, though?) that a royal wedding dress could look so similar to a faux wedding gown in a movie, while others thought it was perfect, subtle, and instantly legendary — just like Kate Middleton's 2011 wedding gown.
British designer Clare Waight Keller created the Duchess's iconic dress for Givenchy and said that Markle was "very collaborative." Apparently, she knew exactly what she wanted. Sadly, Waight Keller did not name-check Lopez as an inspiration behind the dress.
"It was a wonderful way to start the collaboration with her, finding out what she wanted for her day and just to find the absolute perfect style for her," Waight Keller told reporters after the royal wedding. "Part of it was really a conversation in the beginning and then through a series of sketches that I proposed to her. We exchanged conversations about what would be the ultimate lines and proportions and the scale of the dress."
Markle started working on the dress with Waight Keller back in January. Funny enough, the press swirled with rumors about her wedding dress designer up until the big day.
"It was an extraordinary moment when she told me," Waight Keller said. "It was an incredible thing to be part of, a historic moment and, in fact, to have the opportunity to work with her."
On May 20, Kensington Palace released a sketch of the dress they called "timeless minimal elegance."
"The Duchess and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design, epitomising a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy," the Palace tweeted.
After the ceremony, Markle and Prince Harry rode away from the castle in a horse-drawn carriage, and later re-emerged in their reception party looks. For her second ensemble, the Duchess bared her shoulders in a stunning McCartney gown fit for the red carpet while Harry looked dashing in a tuxedo.
"I'm so proud and honored to have been chosen by the Duchess of Sussex to make her evening gown and represent British design. It had truly been one of the most humbling moments of my career and I am so proud of all the team on this stunning royal day," designer McCartney revealed in a statement. She later tweeted a photo of the dress and described the bespoke gown as "lily white" with "high neck detail in silk crepe."
McCartney also dressed Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, for the evening reception, which took place at Frogmore House at Windsor Castle.