Daily Mail names Ralph & Russo as royal wedding dress designer

MEGHAN’S MARK: The London-based couture house Ralph & Russo has long been tipped as Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer after Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo created the dress the duchess-to-be wore for her official engagement photo.

Britain’s Daily Mail is now sure that it’s true, publishing a front-page “exclusive” on Saturday, and citing unnamed sources that the dress will cost 100,000 pounds, and be paid for by the royal family.

The tabloid said she will wear the “hand-stitched and heavily beaded” dress for the post-ceremony reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle. Later that evening, Markle will change into a different dress for the black-tie wedding celebration.

Ralph & Russo spokespeople have repeatedly declined to comment on rumors that the brand is making the dress.

The couture house, whose clients include Beyoncé, Fan Bingbing, Sonam Kapoor and a host of Middle Eastern princesses and other high net worth individuals, specializes in dresses for the red carpet and other major occasions.

Related: Iconic royal wedding gowns 

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Marie-Chantal Miller and Prince Pavlos of Greece

The Valentino-designed gown cost $225,000 and took 25 people to make

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Prince Abdullah with Rania El-Yassin of Jordan

Rania's gown was designed by Bruce Oldfield and featured rich gold embroidery

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Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist of Sweden

The former reality TV star got hitched in a stunning Ida Sjöstedt dress that was decorated with handmade lace from Jose Maria Ruiz. 

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Queen Soraya and Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlevi of Iran

Queen Soraya donned a custom Christian Dior gown for her 1951 wedding

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Prince William and Kate Middleton of England

The now-Duchess of Cambridge's stunning wedding dress was designed by Alexander McQueen

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Prince Felix and Claire Lademacher of Luxembourg

Princess Claire dazzled in an Elie Saab gown with Chantilly lace flowers that came decked out with a 10-foot-long train

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Prince Guillaume and Stephanie De Lannoy of Luxembourg 

Princess Stephanie was a total vision in an ivory Elie Saab gown

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Prince Charles and Diana Spencer of Whales

Princess Diana took our breath away in a massive David and Elizabeth Emanuel gown

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Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly of Monaco

Grace Kelly wore a long-sleeved gown made by costume designer to the stars, Helen Rose, that featured a jaw-dropping 25 yards of heavy taffeta, 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of silk net, and 300 yards of lace

Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling of Sweden

Princess Victorian wowed in an off-the-shoulder Pär Engsheden satin gown -- but can we talk about that stunning tiara?!

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Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz of Spain

The former journalist opted for a collared Manuel Pertegaz gown a 14-foot train

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Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill of Sweden

Princess Madeleine was the epitome of perfection in a Valentino gown

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Princess Caroline and Philippe Junot of Monaco

The royal donned a '70s-style wedding dress designed by Marc Bohan

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Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby of Norway

Princess Mette-Marit opted for a custom-dyed ecru silk crêpe with a 6-foot train and a nearly 20-foot veil

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Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson of Denmark

Princess Mary wore a Uffe Frank gown made of an ivory duchess satin with a scoop neckline, a slim-fit bodice and lily-like sleeves

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It also operates a strict privacy policy, signing non-disclosure agreements and traveling the world to fit customers at their homes or on their yachts. The privately-owned Ralph & Russo works with hundreds of artisans, embroiderers and dressmakers at its London workshop.

The house is creating red carpet looks for the upcoming Cannes film festival and plans to continue rolling out standalone stores internationally, with the next one set to open in Dubai at the end of May. Last year, it began building out its rtw collection. It also offers accessories, with more product categories in the pipeline.

A few other brands have been mooted as candidates to create the dress. They include Markle’s pals and go-to designers Erdem Moralioglu, Roland Mouret and Victoria Beckham. All three designers are understood to be attending the wedding as guests, rather than actually dressing the bride for her walk down the aisle.

Related: Traditional wedding dresses around the world 

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31 beautiful photos of traditional wedding dresses from around the world
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31 beautiful photos of traditional wedding dresses from around the world

BEFORE A TURKISH BRIDE LEAVES HER FATHER'S HOME FOR THE WEDDING, A MALE RELATIVE TIES A RED MAIDENHOOD BELT AROUND HER WAIST. THE COLOR SIGNIFIES LUCK, SEXUALITY, AND HAPPINESS.
 

Sources: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Today's Zaman

AT A WEDDING IN RIBNOVO, BULGARIA, THE BRIDE GETS HER FACE PAINTED WHITE AND DECORATED WITH COLORFUL SEQUINS BY HER FEMALE IN-LAWS. THE CUSTOM DATES BACK CENTURIES.

Sources: Reuters and The Guardian

IN A TRADITIONAL WEDDING IN MACEDONIA, THE BRIDE WEARS AN INTRICATELY EMBROIDERED SMOCK IN RED, WHITE, AND GOLD.

Source: PannaComp

IN KEEPING WITH THE JEWISH TRADITION OF MODESTY, THE ULTRA-ORTHODOX BRIDE WEARS A LOOSE-FITTING GOWN THAT COVERS EVERYTHING BUT HER FACE AND HANDS. A LACY SKIRT GRAZES THE FLOOR.

Sources: Racked and Orthodox-Jews.com

THE SYRIAN BRIDE WEARS A LONG-SLEEVED GOWN AND GOLD JEWELRY, GIVEN BY HER FAMILY. THE DRESSES COME IN A RAINBOW OF COLORS, THOUGH MOST BRIDES PREFER WHITE.

Source: Folk Culture

THE TRADITIONAL BRIDE'S COSTUME AMONG THE KHAKAS PEOPLE, WHO LIVE IN RUSSIA, FEATURES A WOOL HAT AND HEAVY PETTICOAT TO KEEP BRIDES WARM IN BELOW-FREEZING TEMPERATURES.

Source: Reuters

THE SRI LANKAN BRIDE BLENDS EASTERN AND WESTERN TRADITIONS, DONNING HEAVILY EMBROIDERED SILK SARIS AND EUROPEAN-LOOKING VEILS. HER JEWELRY INCLUDES AN UNEVEN NUMBER OF GEMSTONES, AS ODD NUMBERS ARE CONSIDERED AUSPICIOUS.

Source: The Big Fat Indian Wedding

A TRADITIONAL BRIDE IN TAJIKISTAN WEARS A SIMPLE WHITE DRESS OVER A PAIR OF TROUSERS. OVER THE COURSE OF THE CEREMONY, WHICH CAN LAST DAYS, SHE MAY CHANGE INTO CORRESPONDING GOWNS.

Sources: BBC and Iranica Online

SOME 8,000 INHABITED ISLANDS MAKE UP INDONESIA, AND THE FASHION VARIES BY REGION. MOST BRIDES DRESS IN VIBRANT COLORS WITH HEAVY EMBROIDERY.

Sources: CIA and Global Indonesian Voices

THREE DAYS BEFORE AN INDONESIAN WOMAN TIES THE KNOT, SHE MAY HAVE HER NAILS, HANDS, AND FEET PAINTED WITH BIRDS AND FLOWERS IN HENNA.

Source: The Jakarta Post

DEEP REDS, PINKS, AND PURPLES ARE THE COLORS OF CHOICE FOR A PAKISTANI BRIDE. SOME COUPLES WILL PLACE GARLANDS AROUND EACH OTHER AS A SYMBOL OF LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE.

Sources: Sociable 7 and Wikipedia

MODERN BRIDES IN SOMALIA OPT FOR A WESTERN-STYLE DRESS AND A HIJAB HEAD SCARF, IN ACCORDANCE WITH ISLAMIC CULTURE. THEIR HAIR OR HANDS MAY BE STAINED WITH HENNA.

Source: Visual Peace Media

IN NUBIA, THE BRIDE WEARS THREE VEILS: A COLORED ONE ATOP HER HEAD, A SHEER ONE OVER HER FACE, AND A HEAVY WHITE SHEET THAT MASKS THE HEAD ENTIRELY.

Source: Robert Fernea

SIXTEEN EMBELLISHMENTS, IN ADDITION TO A LUCKY-RED SARI OR SKIRT-LIKE LEHENGA, ADORN THE INDIAN BRIDE FROM HEAD TO TOE. THIS CUSTOM, CALLED SOLAH SHRINGAR, INCLUDES EAR CUFFS, DELICATE CHAINS TIED AROUND THE ANKLES, AND BRIGHT-RED POWDER THAT'S APPLIED TO HER HAIR PART.

Source: The Big Fat Indian Wedding

THE DAY BEFORE A TIBETAN WEDDING, THE GROOM GIVES HIS BRIDE A WEDDING GOWN AND JEWELRY, WHICH MAY INCLUDE A HEADDRESS, SILVER PIECES THAT ATTACH TO HER BRAIDS, OR AN AMULET THAT CONTAINS A SMALL METAL STATUE OF THE BUDDHA.

Sources: Cultural China and Tibet Tour

TRADITIONAL ERITREAN WEDDING ATTIRE INCLUDES DARK-COLORED VELVET CROWNS AND ROBES IN PURPLE AND GOLD. THE BRIDE MATCHES HER SOON-TO-BE HUSBAND.

Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

THE TUVAN NATIONAL COSTUME REFLECTS A NOMADIC WAY OF LIFE. GARMENTS COULD EASILY BE WORN WHILE RIDING A HORSE AND FEATURE BRIGHT COLORS AND RICH DETAIL.

Source: Sayan Ring

IN THE HIGHLANDS ABOVE LIMA, PERU, TRADITIONAL BRIDES MAKE QUITE A SPLASH IN RED AND BLACK GOWNS, MADE BIGGER BY MULTIPLE LAYERS OF HEAVILY EMBROIDERED COTTON PETTICOATS.

Lucero Del Castillo/Reuters

IN JORDAN, BRIDES WEAR WHITE DRESSES AND GOLD OR SILVER JEWELRY. OFTEN, A GREEN SILK CLOTH WILL ADORN THEIR HEADS, AS THE COLOR SYMBOLIZES GROWTH, HARMONY, AND SAFETY.

Sources: Bilal A. Al-Adaileh and John A. Shoup

IN MALI, THE BRIDE'S PULLOVER ROBE, CALLED A KAFTAN, MATCHES THE COLOR OF THE GROOM'S DASHIKI. WHILE WHITE IS MOST COMMON, SOME WEDDING PARTIES OPT FOR LAVENDER OR PURPLE, THE COLORS OF AFRICAN ROYALTY.

Source: George Monger

THE TRADITIONAL KOREAN COSTUME, CALLED THE HANBOK, HAS BEEN WORN BY BRIDES FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. IT INCLUDES A LONG-SLEEVED JACKET AND A HIGH-WAIST SKIRT MADE OF COTTON OR SILK.

Source: Wedding Details

A SNOW-WHITE KIMONO IS DRAPED AROUND TRADITIONAL BRIDES IN JAPAN. A MATCHING SILK HEADDRESS, CALLED A TSUNOKAKUSHI, HIDES HER "HORNS OF JEALOUSY" AND SIGNALS HER INTENT TO BECOME AN OBEDIENT WIFE.

Source: Wikipedia

IN CHECHNYA A DRESS CODE THAT EMPHASIZES MODESTY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED. BRIDES WEAR WHITE GOWNS THAT COVER THEM HEAD TO TOE. METAL FASTENERS ADORN OUTFIT'S BUST, AND A SILVER BELT — AN HEIRLOOM PASSED DOWN FROM MOTHER TO DAUGHTER — HANGS ON THE WAIST.

Sources: The New York Times and Amjad M. Jaimoukha

WHILE THE PALESTINIAN BRIDE WEARS A STUNNING WHITE DRESS ON HER WEDDING DAY, HER HENNA DRESS — WORN THE NIGHT BEFORE — HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN HER HEART. THE COLOR IS CUSTOMIZED TO THE BRIDE, AND HER MOTHER EMBROIDERS IT BY HAND.

Source: Al Monitor

A NIGERIAN BRIDE STANDS OUT IN HER BRIGHTLY COLORED LACE BLOUSE AND PATTERNED KAFTAN, OFTEN MADE OF IMPORTED INDIAN FABRICS. CORAL BEADS AND A HEADDRESS COMPLETE THE LOOK.

Sources: Wedded Wonderland and USA TODAY

THE MOROCCAN BRIDE PUTS ON A SHOW WITH THREE WARDROBE CHANGES. FOR THE RECEPTION, SHE TRADES A WHITE KAFTAN, OR ROBE, FOR AN OUTFIT THAT REFLECTS THE CULTURE OF HER FAMILY'S REGION.

Source: Morocco.com

A TRADITIONAL IRAQI BRIDE MIGHT SET THE RECORD FOR MOST WARDROBE CHANGES. EACH OF HER SEVEN DRESSES IS A DIFFERENT COLOR OF THE RAINBOW. RED REPRESENTS LOVE AND ROMANCE.

Source: Prezi/Manni Francis

AN ITALIAN BRIDE'S "SOMETHING BLUE" IS SOMETIMES (BUT NOT OFTEN) REPLACED BY A GREEN DRESS OR ORNAMENT, AS THE COLOR IS BELIEVED TO BRING LUCK AND FERTILITY.

Source: Exclusively Italy Weddings

SURPRISINGLY, AMERICAN BRIDES DIDN'T ALWAYS WEAR WHITE.

THROUGH THE 19TH CENTURY, WOMEN IN THE US SIMPLY WORE WHAT THEY CONSIDERED THEIR BEST DRESS, AS WHITE CLOTH WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO CLEAN BY HAND AND WAS RESERVED FOR THE WEALTHY.

TODAY, WHITE IS A GO-TO HUE FOR BRIDES AROUND THE WORLD.

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