The Dress Meghan Markle Wore For Her Oprah Interview Makes News Of Its Own

Over 17 million people in the U.S. watched Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak out with Oprah Winfrey about their time in the royal family (via Forbes). In Harry and Meghan's exclusive interview, Markle revealed that she'd considered suicide and didn't receive mental health support from the royal family. Meanwhile, Harry revealed that he'd had a conversation with a member of the family regarding the skin color of their baby, and he confirmed that they'd been cut off financially — and didn't have official security anymore (via Oprah Daily).

They filmed the highly anticipated interview while Markle was pregnant with their second child, Lilibet Diana, and it was set in an idyllic southern California backyard (per House Beautiful). Prince Harry wore a J. Crew suit in light gray wool, a similar look (minus the tie) to what he wore when the couple introduced baby Archie to the world (via Town & Country). Markle wore a belted, black silk dress by Giorgio Armani that featured an embroidered lotus (per Town & Country). Now, her dress has been named Dress of the Year 2021 by the Fashion Museum of Bath (per WWD).

Meghan Markle's interview dress featured a symbol of rebirth

As explained in a press release from the Fashion Museum of Bath, Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview dress was chosen as its Dress of the Year because it was worn during "one of the defining pop-cultural moments of 2021." They also noted the symbolism in the dress, as it's highly unlikely the dress was randomly chosen. The embroidered lotus featured on the dress symbolizes resiliency and rebirth, which is notable because Markle described her time within the royal family at one point as being "almost unsurvivable" (via Town & Country). Now, the couple is working to redefine their lives, another rebirth.

The dress will be on display at the Fashion Museum of Bath as the final piece in a collection called A History of Fashion in 100 Objects. The museum display features items from the 1600s to today, focusing on "era-defining outfits and headline pieces." The dress isn't the actual dress that Markle wore, but rather a "version" of it. If you want to get your hands on one yourself, it currently retails at Armani for $4,700.

The Dress of the Year 2020 title was given to a collaboration of outfits, including a set of scrubs and a mask, a Black Lives Matter t-shirt, and a replica of Naomi Campbell's hazmat suit that she wore on an airplane.

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