This royal's wedding dress took 3,900 hours to make

Clare Waight Keller has announced she is stepping down as the artistic director of Givenchy after three years. Her autumn/winter 2020 show presented in early March at Paris Fashion Week was her last, and while she will be remembered for her feminine and luxurious couture designs, her biggest achievement is arguably creating Meghan Markle's wedding dress.

When her creation was revealed on the big day, she said she underestimated how popular the dress would be, as the last time there had been a royal wedding, there was no Instagram.

However, when you know how much work went into the gown, it's easy to see why people loved it so much. Did you know it took 3,900 hours over the course of four months to create?

Clare Waight Keller told WWD added that a team of 50 people worked on the dress, the shoes, the veil and the bridesmaids dresses. And we can imagine the veil took a very long time, as it was embroidered with no less than 53 flora and fauna from each of the Commonwealth countries.

And all those hours are on top of the actual consultation process, during which the designer and Meghan Markle met to discuss design ideas.

She revealed working with the Duchess was, 'the magic of that being so intimate and so personal for so long felt incredibly special because it evolved from a designer and client relationship very quickly into a friendship, in that we’ve got such a comfort level with one another and shared so many special moments.'

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.