Meghan Markle's Oprah interview dress earns Dress of the Year title - Here's how to get the look

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Meghan Markle has mastered the art of sending messages with her style, and the outfit she chose for her and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey didn't disappoint.

PageSix Style Editor, Elana Fisherman, and Director of Audience Engagement, Kristin McNamara, weighed in:

There was no shortage of symbolism in Meghan's look. 

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In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)


Her black Armani dress is worth $4700 (about R70 000). According to a spokesperson for the duchess, the lotus flower design was specifically chosen for its meaning of revival and resilience.

That symbolism is similar to Ariel's story from The Little Mermaid, which Meghan actually referenced in her interview. She said she identifies with how Ariel lost her voice when she married a prince, but in the end she got her voice back.

Flashforward one year and the impact of Meghan's dress continues, with the iconic outfit announced as the Fashion Museum Bath's Dress of the Year for 2021. 

A version of the look will now be displayed at the museum. 

See the dress below:


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On social media around the time of the Oprah interview, there were a lot of comparisons made between Meghan's Armani look and a portrait of fellow American (former) royal, Wallis Simpson.

In the portrait - taken a week before her husband, King Edward, abdicated - Wallis also sports a central-parted chignon with her silk dress look with a floral print. Elana, however, said the Twitter speculation was a "bit of a stretch".

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American socialite Wallis Simpson (nee Bessie Wallis Warfield) (1896 - 1986) a week before King Edward VIII abdicated. She became Duchess of Windsor in June 1937 after her marriage to Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor. (Photo by Fayer/Getty Images) 

Get the look for less:

Draw some inspiration from Meghan's Armani look with these dresses.

This long sleeve, black wrap dress from Superbalist screams elegance. Pair it with the perfect Meghan-inspired accessories and you'll be twinning with the duchess.

Price: R249

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Warm handle balloon sleeve wrap dress from Superbalist.

If you're looking for that floral print, H&M has this short, black dress with white flower print that definitely gives us Meghan Markle vibes. Be warned though, the popular piece is out of stock on the retailer's website, but if you're lucky you may just be able to land yourself one in future. 

Price: R380

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Printed satin dress from H&M.


Then there’s Meghan's jewellery: 

In addition to pieces from Canadian brand, Maison Birks, she wore British designer Kevin Small - subtle nods to the two places she's called home.

The duchess also wore Princess Diana's diamond tennis bracelet. She's worn this bracelet a few times before and is notably the piece Harry used to make her 3-stone engagement ring in 2017. At the time, Prince Harry said he chose it so that his late mother could be with them on their journey. 

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Diana, Princess Of Wales At The Christie's Pre-auction Party For The Launch Of The Auction Of Dresses. She Is Wearing A Dress By Fashion Designer Catherine Walker. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images) 

Prince Harry wore his favourite light grey J. Crew suit worth $650 (about R9 700), which seems to have a sweet connection to his son Archie. The Duke wore this suit for both Archie’s first public debut and his christening. 

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