Meghan Markle?s Wedding Dress Was Not Made a Princess

It was absolutely simple: pure, sculptural, with a wide boatneck, long sleeves and sweeping train.

It was Meghan Markle?s wedding dress. It was haute couture by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, a British woman who was the first female designer of the storied French brand. And it was everything people had hoped.

It was not a Cinderella choice, not one that spoke of fantasy or old-fashioned fairy tales, but one that placed the woman proudly front and center. It underscored Ms. Markle?s own independence by divesting her of frippery, while also respecting tradition and keeping her covered up. It celebrated female strength in the rigorous nature of its line ? six exactingly placed seams ? the substance of its fabric (double-bonded silk cady), and the choice of designer: a British woman who, as a statement from Kensington Palace read, had ?served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses ? Pringle of Scotland, Chlo