A British-based designer who claimed Meghan Markle’s wedding gown was ‘identical’ to one of her own creations has had her Twitter account mysteriously suspended.
New Zealander Emilia Wickstead, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, last week commented that the new Duchess of Sussex’s stunning wedding dress was very similar to a £7,000 gown in her own collection – and sparked a backlash on social media.
Meghan’s dress was actually created by Givenchy’s Clare Wright Keller, costing £200,000, and kept firmly under wraps until the big day.
New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, a favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge, caused a media stir last week when she said Meghan Markle’s bridal gown had been ‘identical’ to one she had designed
The Twitter social media account of the designer @emiliawickstead has been suspended
Comparison: Meghan Markle in her £200,000 Givenchy dress (left) and designer Emilia Wickstead’s £7,000 gown (right)
Wickstead also said of the gown: ‘If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose’
Ms Wickstead triggered the storm after she reportedly said: ‘Her dress is identical to one of our dresses. Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, ‘It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress.”
She continued: ‘Her dress is identical to one of our dresses. Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, “It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress.'”
The designer then went on to have a bit of a dig at Meghan’s look. She said: ‘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.’
Emilia Wickstead, who claims Meghan’s wedding dress is identical to one of her dresses
The comments have seen Wickstead, who has seen her designs worn frequently by the Duchess of Cambridge, chastised by social media users.
@megananomous wrote: ‘#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!’
@kmcghee617b added: ‘Emilia Wickstead is a very successful designer. She has dressed the Duchess of Cambridge on more than one occasion. It’s a shame that she has elected this forum to voice her complaints concerning the dress origin. Why wouldn’t she have went straight to Givenchy?’
@MeadhbhMcGrath added: ‘Deeply unprofessional comments from Emilia Wickstead on Meghan’s Givenchy gown! Will Kate Middleton sever ties with one of her favourite designers over this?’
@pookiesmith2424 added: ‘Emilia Wickstead May just have lost her Royal customers!’