When Meghan Markle sat down with Oprah, they must have predicted that it would be one of the most explosive interviews of all-time. And Markle's choice of outfit - an elegant black wrap dress from Giorgio Armani - felt fittingly sombre for the occasion. Now, it's taking its place in fashion history.
The Fashion Museum Bath has named it its Dress of the Year, an award that was created in 1963, and has previously bestowed the honour on dresses designed by luminaries such as Donatella Versace (for that dress worn by J.Lo), Junya Watanabe, Alber Elbaz, Vivienne Westwood, Sarah Burton and Jonathan Anderson.
This year's dress was selected by Ibrahim Kamara, editor-in-chief of Dazed, and Gareth Wrighton, art director at Dazed. 'In today’s hyper-stylised pop culture, the Dress of the Year now has the potential to also be ‘meme of the year’ and we both latched upon Meghan and Harry’s now iconic interview with Oprah as the definitive anti-establishment moment that will forever endure in the British collective consciousness,' they commented.
The dress - black and white silk georgette and featuring embroidery of a lotus flower - is actually still available to buy in America, and went on display as of yesterday as part of the exhibition A History of Fashion in 100 Objects. According to the press release, the embroidery could have been a deliberate decision, chosen to send a subtle message. 'It was reported that the Duchess chose a dress with a lotus flower design because of the flower’s symbolic association with rebirth, self-regeneration and spiritual enlightenment, and its ability to flourish despite seemingly challenging conditions.'