Meghan Markle’s Giorgio Armani dress, worn in the infamous Oprah Winfrey interview of 2021, will be going on display at the Fashion Museum, Bath. The piece has also been named the 2021 Dress of the Year.
Every year, the museum invites prominent names in the fashion industry to submit a Dress of the Year that “encapsulates the prevailing mood of fashion, represents the past year, and captures the imagination.” Given the buzz that was generated by Markle’s tell-all interview, it is no surprise that the dress had been chosen to be exhibited at the museum’s “A History of Fashion in 100 Objects” exhibit.
We're excited to announce that a #GiorgioArmani dress as worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been chosen by @Dazed magazine’s Ibrahim Kamara and Gareth Wrighton as #DressOfTheYear 2021! ✨ Read the full press release on our website https://t.co/maWhnSHohI pic.twitter.com/OZizJuNrq8
— Fashion Museum Bath (@Fashion_Museum) February 22, 2022
The long black V-neck dress featured lotus flower prints blooming from the shoulder down to the chest, with a wide buckle belt cinching the piece in at the waist. Its breezy and comfortable fabric also made it an apt choice for Markle’s pregnancy at the time of the interview. The elegant number wasn’t just a memorable pick because it featured in an important conversation that brought several of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s shocking experiences with the royal family to the surface, but also because it marked a time of new beginnings with regards to motherhood for the Duchess.
“It’s well known that members of the Royal family often use outfits to send a message through their choice of style, color, or motif,” stated representatives of the museum. “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.”