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Meghan Markle made a very surprising alteration to her gold gala dress

The Duchess received the Woman of Vision Award in an outfit totally opposite to her usual style

Meghan Markle recieved the Woman of Vision award
Lauren Ramsay
Online Writer
May 17, 2023
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped out for the first time since the King’s Coronation to attend the Women of Vision gala in New York City last night, where the Duchess received the Woman of Vision award.

She has a penchant for juxtaposing her elevated minimalist wardrobe for special occasions. From her red Carolina Herrera gown to her potential revenge dress, she’s no stranger to making a statement with her epic red carpet glam.

Last night she oozed glamour in a gold fitted midi dress from Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz. The look was a surprising (but stunning) choice for many reasons - here’s why…

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The Duke and Duchess made their first appearance post-Coronation© Getty
The Duke and Duchess made their first appearance since the King's Coronation

The silhouette itself was much more daring than Meghan’s usual red carpet attire. The delectable dress boasted a bustier style bodice, a sweetheart neck and a cut out above the upper torso. Cut out's were 2022's biggest trend, and as she did with scarf jackets, she has proven it's not going anywhere for 2023.

Even more surprisingly, Meghan decided to make the dress – which originally featured adjustable straps – strapless. Though she’s worn off-the-shoulder dresses before (notably her white Dior gown), the choice of bandeau combined with the original detailing channelled the former actress’ pre-duchess era. We did tell you that she was re-entering her Suits style era

She made surprising alterations to her incredible dress© Getty
She made surprising alterations to her incredible dress

She paired the look with a yellow bag from one of her favourite designers, Carolina Herrera, and barely there gold heels from Tom Ford. If there’s one person we can usually bet on wearing court heels for literally any occasion, it’s Meghan. From Dior to royal favourites Gianvito Rossi, she usually never strays too far away from her pointed toe pumps. 

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Meghan Markle recieved the Woman of Vision award© Getty
She received the Woman of Vision award

But, as with her golden goddess gown, the whole ensemble was completely different to her usual style of dressing. Suffice to say she stuns in everything she wears.

Meghan was honoured with the prestigious award for her global advocacy to empower and advocate on behalf of women and girls.

When accepting her award after walking on to the stage to Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire, Meghan said: “Because of this foundation, so many of our youth have been instilled with self-worth and limitless possibility no matter their race, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability or age. Your collective work in pursuit of a world where every person is truly valued is nothing short of awe inspiring.”

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