“When Roland Mouret became the latest name to be dropped in fashion circles as the designer of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, I for one wasn’t surprised. A favourite of power-dressers the world over for his strong yet supremely feminine silhouettes, on his last visit to Dubai, the model-turned-self-taught designer told me, “There is that strength of a woman who knows what she brings to society – as a woman, and as a human being – that’s really important. And it’s that fine balance you have to define.” Remind you of anyone, by any chance?
As a friend of the bride-to-be, he’s fully in tune with the sartorial demands required of the Suits star to make the successful transition from a TV actress into her new royal role. “We all have many characters inside ourselves, but in every woman there is an actress and that’s the woman I’m dressing. That’s the one I like to play with. That’s the one I think is universal. I understand there’s a complexity to women that we don’t have as guys. I understand that contradiction,” he explains.
“You know what? If you knew how many times I had to deconstruct the mind of a woman when she tries on clothes, it’s amazing. And that’s what pushed me to become a designer,” he admits. “Women have such a tendency to have low self-esteem when it comes to clothes. ‘What? Are you going to tell me a piece of fabric is too good for you? After what you’ve done in your life? Are you joking?’ You have to let that go. Try it. If it doesn’t fit, let’s try something else.”
Roland’s secret weapon? Not how he might make Meghan look on the day but how he’ll make her feel. “Meghan knows really well what she likes, and the main thing with Meghan is to listen to her and work in collaboration with her,” he hinted about his involvement in the royal wedding, before refusing to reveal any more. Let’s just say, Grazia will be keeping a close eye on the comings and goings from his Mayfair atelier in the run up to big day.
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