Who is Erdem? All you need to know about Meghan’s favourite designer

Will he be called on to make The Dress?

After the announcement confirming Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, we’re definitely the appropriate amount excited. But if you’re wondering which designer the bride will wear on her wedding day to Prince Harry, one fashion name that could be in the running is British-based Canadian designer Erdem, who Meghan told Vanity Fair she’s been wearing ‘for years’.

Wondering why he’s a favourite of Meghan’s? Here’s everything you need to know.

Who is Erdem?

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Moralioglu with model Erin O’Connor in November 2017

Erdem Moralioglu, 39, is the founder of the award-winning fashion label, Erdem. He was born in Canada to a British mother and Turkish father, and studied fashion at Ryeson University, Toronto before moving to London to study at the Royal College of Art.

Early on in his career, Moralioglu interned at Vivienne Westwood’s office in London and Diane von Furstenburg in New York, and he was winner of the British Fashion Council and Vogue designer fashion fund prize. He is known for intricate designs that mix florals, lace and embellishment to make a modern, feminine look.

The designer's SS17 show

The designer’s SS17 show

Interestingly enough, the latest collection by the designer drew inspiration from Queen Elizabeth II’s 1950s wardrobe – there were elbow length gloves, equestrian tweed jackets and dresses covered in jewels and red ribbons on each shoulder. All very The Crown.

The designer's latest collection, inspired by the Royals

Who wears Erdem?

Moralioglu has a range of high profile clients, including Michelle Obama, Cate Blanchett, Alexa Chung and Arizona Muse.

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Actress Cate Blanchett wearing the designer to an event in LA

As well as being a favourite of Meghan Markle’s, Moralioglu is also one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to designers. Kate has worn the designer’s collections several times to official events, including on the couple’s 2016 royal tour of Canada.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wearing the designer last year

Where can you buy Erdem?

His designs are available to buy from multiple high fashion retailers, including Selfridges and Net-a-Porter.

Recently the designer dipped into the high street fashion market with a sell-out H&M x Erdem collaboration and our fashion editor Penny Goldstone managed to get her hands on one of its coveted dresses.

Like most high-end designers, his clothing isn’t cheap. Unless you managed to snap up a piece of his H&M collaboration in the H&M x Erdem sale, a dress by the Canadian and British designer will set you back somewhere between £550 and £3,000+.

Words by Millie Hurst

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