Meghan’s wedding dress: Britain’s best-kept secret

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to attend the traditional Christmas Day service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, in this file photo. (AP)
Updated 17 May 2018
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Meghan’s wedding dress: Britain’s best-kept secret

LONDON: Will it be white? Satin or lace? British or foreign made? The tightly-guarded secret of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress will finally be revealed when she walks down the aisle to marry Prince Harry on Saturday.
Anticipation has reached levels not seen since the 2011 wedding of Harry’s brother Prince William and Catherine Middleton, who in the end wore a white and ivory satin gown designed by Sarah Burton from the Alexander McQueen fashion house, a 100 percent British creation.
US actress Meghan may also opt for a dress from her adopted country to curry favor with the public and to boost Britain’s valuable fashion industry.
There is also some speculation, although far less, about what ex-army man Harry will wear on his big day — a civilian suit or a full dress uniform?
London has been buzzing for weeks with rumors about who will design Markle’s dress, with Burberry, Ralph & Russo, who had made Markle’s engagement dress, Stella McCartney, Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Antonio Berardi and Roland Mouret all being mentioned.
Mouret told AFP in February that he wouldn’t reveal if he was the chosen man, saying: “She’s a friend and the great gift I can give my friends is to keep their lives private.”
Fashionista Markle told Glamour magazine in 2016 that her ideal outfit would be “very pared down and relaxed.”
“I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic,” she said.


Google Doodle celebrates Syrian painter Louay Kayali

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Google Doodle celebrates Syrian painter Louay Kayali

DUBAI: Syria has given the world many a creative talent and these artists are just a few of those who deserve attention.
Louay Kayali
The Syrian painter was celebrated with a Google Doodle on Sunday — on what would have been his 85th birthday. Aleppo-born Kayali, who died in 1978, was famous for his depiction of daily struggles.

A painting by Louay Kayali. (Photo courtesy: Barjeel Art Foundation)


Fateh Moudarres
One of the leaders of the modern art movement in Syria, Moudarres studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome and was influenced by surrealism. He died in 1999.

(Photo courtesy: Christie's)


Sara Naim
This Syrian visual artist grew up between Dubai and London and works in Paris. She is known for her photography of micro-formations and her use of a Scanning Electron Microscope.
Mahmoud Salameh
The Palestinian-Syrian refugee spent 17 months in an Australian detention center before settling in Sydney, where he works as a cartoonist, animator and graphic artist.
Diala Brisly
Brisly left Syria in 2013, but continues to produce her distinct, children-inspired artwork that is characterized by storybook-like sketch work.
Ammar Abd Rabbo
Born in Damascus in 1966, Rabbo is regarded as one of the Arab world’s prominent photojournalists. His work has been seen in renowned publications, from Time magazine to Paris Match.