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Kate Middleton's go-to designer shaded Meghan Markle's wedding dress and said it didn't fit her properly

INSIDER logoINSIDER 5/25/2018 dboan@businessinsider.com (Daniel Boan)

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  • Designer Emilia Wickstead thinks Meghan Markle's wedding dress was "identical" to one of her designs.
  • She also thinks it was "quite loose."
  • Wickstead also thought Markle's "wisps" were not appropriate for a royal wedding.

Meghan Markle looked like a glowing royal bride on her big day, but some people took issue with everything from her hairstyle to the fit of her dress. Now, designer Emilia Wickstead — whose designs Kate Middleton and Markle have worn before — is giving her two cents on Markle's dress, and she thinks it looks a little familiar. 

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"Her dress is identical to one of our dresses," Wickstead told the Daily Mail. "Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, 'It's an Emilia Wickstead dress.'"

Cosmopolitan reported that Wickstead is seemingly talking about the "Helene" wedding dress, which features an open off-the-shoulder design.


The fit of Markle's Givenchy gown was also not to Wickstead's liking. 

"If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect," Wickstead added. "Her wedding dress was quite loose."

Wickstead isn't alone in this opinion, as Katy Perry and several social media users have had a similar criticism. However, others think the fit was deliberate and went perfectly with the old Hollywood aesthetic of the gown's design.

The designer also felt that Markle's hairstyle was not up to the occasion.

"I was like, 'Hold the wisps back — it’s a royal wedding for God’s sake," Wickstead said. 

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Markle's hairstylist for the day Serge Normant has said that the "loose and easy" style was a deliberate choice, and it seems to reflect the Duchess of Sussex's more casual and relatable approach to royal style. 

Emilia Wickstead did not immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment. 

Related: 18 Photos That Show What Royal Wedding Dresses Look Like Around the World

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