A KIWI fashion designer Emilia Wickstead has found herself doing damage control after it was reported she called Meghan Markle’s wedding gown “identical” to one of her own creations.
Wickstead, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, reportedly told the Daily Mail the new Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress was strikingly similar to a $12,000 bridal dress in her own collection.
Wickstead was quoted as saying:
“Her dress is identical to one of our dresses.”“Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, ‘It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress’”, she said of the estimated £200,000 ($350,000) gown, the work of Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy.
Social media quickly erupted as Twitter users chastised the designer with remarks such as:
“#EmiliaWickstead has a lot of nerve talking rudely about the #DuchessOfSussex’s wedding dress! Emilia actually works as a designer for the royal family! Highly unprofessional!”
Yesterday Wickstead’s Twitter account was mysteriously suspended.
The designer released a statement on Instagram.
“I am extremely saddened by commentary that has appeared in the press and online over the past few days.”
The designer continued:
“Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex looked absolutely beautiful on her wedding day and I have the utmost admiration and respect for her.
“I do not think that her wedding dress was a copy of any of our designs. I have the greatest respect for Clare Waight Keller and the House of Givenchy — a huge source of inspiration to me.”
Wickstead’s other reported comments on the Royal Wedding gown and Markle’s hairstyle read:
“If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose.”
And she didn’t approve of the bride’s relaxed hair style: “I was like, ‘Hold the wisps [of her hair] back — it’s a Royal Wedding, for God’s sake.’”