The Duchess of Sussex has made no secret of her enduring obsession with Audrey Hepburn.
Meghan photographed and uploaded artfully stacks of books about the Hollywood star – described as & # 39; going to bed reading & # 39; – to her now closed Instagram account.
Her defunct blog The Tig also brought a brand new ode to the aesthetic of the & # 39; preppy chic & # 39; look of the fashion icon.
& # 39; Think Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, & # 39; she wrote in a post three years ago.
But nobody could have thought that she would follow so closely in the footsteps of Hepburn by becoming the muse for fashion house Givenchy.
The Duchess embraces Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller at the British Fashion Awards last week. She wears a custom made black velvet dress through the fashion house, which is estimated at £ 20,000
Meghan's last performance at the British Fashion Awards last week, where she presented Keller with a trophy for the British women's clothing designer of the year
Today there is no doubt that the Duchess has played a central role in reviving the fate of the fading French brand.
Not only did she choose the British artistic director of Givenchy Clare Waight Keller to make her wedding dress, but she remained an ambassador for the brand, and wore the label about once a month during public outings.
Her collection is estimated at more than £ 250,000.
Meghan's latest performance at the British Fashion Awards last week – where she presented Keller with a trophy for the British women's fashion designer of the year – saw her again in Givenchy.
So close are the couple who were allowed to pet Keller on the (impeccably well dressed) royal baby bum.
Thanks to their partnership, the label has earned its highest reputation since the heyday of the 1950s and 1960s, when the classic style was synonymous with Hepburn. Now it is instead associated with & # 39; The Duchess or Givenchy & # 39 ;.
Meghan wowed her groom – and the world – in May in a custom-made Givenchy wedding dress and a 16ft long train stitched with flowers from 53 Commonwealth countries. The estimated costs are £ 200,000
Last month's visit to meet chefs in the Hubb Community Kitchen, who worked on her community cookbook, Meghan saw her outfit finish with Givenchy & # 39; s £ 790 & # 39; GV3 & # 39; black ankle boots
Another wedding, another Givenchy outfit. the duchess wore this custom-made navy jacket dress to the wedding of Princess Eugenie in October, worth an estimated £ 8,000
The mother company LVMH of the label seems to be reaping the benefits. Sales of fashion and leather goods rose from £ 9.7 million last year to £ 11.7 million in the first three quarters of this year.
In its interim financial report, it mentions for the first six months of this year: "Givenchy has benefited from the success of the first collections of Clare Waight Keller, presented with an exclusive staging at various emblematic boutiques.
The most important highlight … was the design of the wedding dress of the Duchess of Sussex, with news coverage in the media about the event that provided an extraordinary high visibility for Givenchy. & # 39;
So who is Clare Waight Keller and how did her partnership begin with one of the world's most accurately researched women?
A return to the trusted Givenchy for Meghan's first solo outing at the Oceania exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts in September. The velvet appliqué midi dress with transparent panels costs £ 2,960
This elegant Givenchy cape dress, estimated at £ 8,000, was Meghan's choice from her first joint commitment with the Queen in June. Her accessories are also Givenchy: a clutch of £ 899 and a & # 39; Double G & # 39; belt of £ 340
It began in such a secrecy that Keller, a mother of three, her American architect, husband Philip, did not even tell. Even the Arnault family, which owns the brand, was kept in the dark.
Birmingham-born Keller, 48, who studied at the Royal College of Art before working for Calvin Klein in New York, became the creative head of the fashion house in May of last year, and buried himself in the brand's archives when she got a phone call. received name.
It was November 2017, immediately after the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan. The request came completely out of the blue: the royal bride in the making wanted Keller to design her wedding dress.
I think she saw my work and knew what I was doing, & # 39; said the designer after the wedding.
When she arrived in Ireland in July, Meghan wore the first of four breathtaking expensive outfits for her Irish tour. The Givenchy £ 1,199 appliqued petticoat was paired with a £ 600 round neck, also Givenchy
The Duchess chose a £ 1,885 Givenchy trouser suit for a trip to Dublin Croke Park in July. There is also her trusted £ 340 Double G & # 39; belt and a new £ 1,765 & # 39; GV3 & # 39; frame bag – plus its trademark sky-high heels
I think she loved the fact that I was a British designer and worked in a house like Givenchy, which has its roots in a classic, beautiful style, of course from the time of Hubert. [de Givenchy] itself. & # 39;
The couple met late last year to discuss the possibilities. But in January, when Keller designed her debut collection for Givenchy, she discovered that she only had four months to produce this year's most famous dress.
Meghan's vision, which was elegant, classic and timeless, was true Givenchy. All & # 39; seven or eight & # 39; fittings with the bride were made privately, secretly, in London.
In a magazine published yesterday to promote the opening of Givenchy's new flagship store on Bond Street in London, Keller said: "The dress went back and forth to Paris to be edited in the studio.
Channeling My Fair Lady in Ascot in June with a bespoke white Givenchy dress valued at around £ 8,000. Her accessories are also Givenchy – £ 375 & # 39; Infinity & # 39; pumps, a belt of £ 340 and a clutch of £ 1,390 satin & # 39; minaudiere & # 39;
On a balcony overlooking the Cenotaph for last month's Memorial Sunday, Meghan locked himself in a black Givenchy coat, valued at around £ 2,000
& # 39; But nobody in the team knew what it was, because after the fashion show in January, a number of high-profile orders had arrived. & # 39;
Keller told the husband of her coup the day before the wedding when she had to drive to Cliveden House to spend the night with the wedding feast.
Only when Meghan got out of the car in the sunshine of Windsor, the secret was revealed.
Keller, who wore a dark navy, emerged from the shadows to place the train on the steps of St George's Chapel, Windsor, to lure the headlines around the world.
The wedding dress would only be the beginning of the collaboration between Meghan and Keller.
Givenchy has become an important part of the distinctive look of the Duchess, which distinguishes it from other Royals who seldom or never wear the label.
when he met the king and queen of Tonga in October, Meghan wore a Grecian-inspired white dress in combination with a £ 1,390 black silk & # 39; minaudiere & # 39; clutch with a jewelry clasp
The Duchess has worn Givenchy for many of the most important events in her Royal calendar, such as her first Royal trip to Australia and New Zealand, and her first joint commitment with the Queen in Cheshire in June.
The proximity of Meghan and Keller was clear to all observers at the British Fashion Awards.
Meghan turned to the audience and said: "I am especially proud to announce tonight's winner who is, yes, a British designer who sets the tone with vision and creativity on the world stage, but also with incredible friendliness – therefore, when I met her for the first time 11 months ago, I knew we would work very closely together. & # 39;
Their bond is clearly based on a shared love of fashion. Both have a similar sense of style and a collection of shoes by Manolo Blahnik.
Meghan has the BB pumps of the designer in five colors and Clare has a lizard that she loves.
Their mutual interests extend to the outdoors and their beloved pets. Yet their heritage makes them unlikely to become comrades.
Another full Givenchy outfit for the public walkabout of the Duke and Duchess in Rotorua, New Zealand, in October. She has the same £ 600 in green and the matching pleat skirt of £ 1,199 is custom-made
Meghan is from Hollywood while Keller comes from the industrial West Midlands, where she grew up to be the oldest of three children.
It was a childhood that she would later describe as "very ordinary, very modest, surrounded by viaducts & # 39;
However, she had two talented parents: her mother Diana, a legal secretary, from whom she inherited her skills as a seamstress, and her engineer-father Russell, who was a talented draftsman.
After receiving her diploma at Ravensbourne College of Art and a master in knitwear at the Royal College of Art, a tutor sent her portfolio to Calvin Klein.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May. It was November 2017, immediately after the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan. The request came completely out of the blue: the royal bride in the making wanted Keller to design her wedding dress
Prince Harry and Meghan wave from the Ascot Landau coach. Meghan's vision, which was elegant, classic and timeless, was true Givenchy. All & # 39; seven or eight & # 39; fittings with the bride were made privately, secretly, in London
There she worked alongside another Meghan's muses – Carolyn Bessette, who worked with John F. Kennedy Jr. married.
Four years later, the ambitious designer set out for Ralph Lauren to launch his Purple Label collection for men.
Then, at the age of 29, she returned to London in 2000 to work for Gucci & # 39; s Tom Ford.
Her big break came when she reversed the wealth of the Scottish brand Pringle.
Her work there won her the coveted Designer of the Year trophy at the Scottish Fashion Awards.
But it was not until 2011, when she started working at Chloé as a creative designer, that she started to gain public recognition.
She reportedly left because the label would not give her salary increases in proportion to sales, but she also wanted to return to Britain because of her twin's education.
Nowadays she spends half of the week in the parental home in World & # 39; s End, Chelsea, the rest in Parisian hotels for Givenchy.
She immersed herself in the brand and became friends with her founder, the late Count Hubert de Givenchy, who told her that Givenchy is completely on the shoulders, darling & # 39; went.
Unfortunately, he died in March, two months before Meghan walked down the aisle in a dress that showed the world that it was indeed all about the shoulders.
Talking about the first female designer at Givenchy, Keller said recently: "I can understand why people touch it, because of course when women come to higher positions, it is always something to applaud.
& # 39; But I do not think we should anchor everything on that, because it is so important to really see women as strong creatives: people who can bring and contribute something, instead of purely because they are female.
& # 39; Because of the work I do, I can move up and be successful. & # 39;
A mantra, it seems, that is not so different from that of the Duchess of Sussex herself.