Meghan Markle's wedding dress designer might be Burberry's Christopher Bailey, Henry Holland claims

The former Suits actress is a long-time fan of the luxury brand

Sarah Young
Wednesday 11 April 2018 10:37 BST
(Rex Features)

The royal family are working hard to ensure that details of who is designing Meghan Markle’s wedding dress remain strictly under wraps until all is revealed on the big day.

But ever since the engagement was announced rumours about ‘the chosen one’ have been rife with fashion insiders implicating everyone from Alexander McQueen to Ralph & Russo and Erdem.

However, one British designer thinks he knows who it might be.

Speaking on the podcast Wedding Guest Extraordinaire, Henry Holland revealed that he believes Burberry’s former chief creative officer, Christopher Bailey, would be perfect for the job.

Bailey, 46, stepped down from the British heritage brand after 17 years at the helm and officially handed over to his successor Riccardo Tisci last month.

However, it is assumed that he will remain at the high-end label until the end of year leading Holland to presume that designing Markle’s dress could be Bailey's “final bow.”

“I personally really hope it's somebody British,” Henry told podcast host Sarah Southern.

Designer Henry Holland thinks a Burberry wedding dress would be "spot on" (Rex)

“I would be quite excited if it was Christopher Bailey's final bow for Burberry. I think that would be a nice thing for him to do, she's worn them for a long time.

“Christopher's a lovely, lovely guy and I think a Burberry wedding dress would be pretty spot on.”

A long-time fan of the luxury label, Markle has indeed worn Burberry for many red carpet events and was most recently spotted wearing a £1,995 coat designed by the brand during a recent trip to Edinburgh.

Holland also confirmed that Giles Deacon, who designed Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress, told him that he wasn’t designing Markle’s bridal gown.

Controversially, he added that he doesn’t think hotly-tipped favourite Erdem is a likely choice given the brand's close ties with Duchess of Cambridge, Kate.

Headed up by Canadian-born designer, Erdem Moralıoğlu, the brand has remained a frontrunner for the job after it was revealed it would be bringing its PR in-house and has hired a new PR manager.

Other designers that have also been suggested include Australian design duo Ralph and Russo - Markle wore one of their gowns for her official engagement shoot - and Oscar de la Renta, who is responsible for the wedding dresses of Amal Clooney, Kate Bosworth and Allison Williams.

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