From Saturday 19thMay, Meghan Markle will swap her corporate Suit’s wardrobe for a life of lavish gowns and glistening tiaras. With her wedding to Prince Harry, she’ll become not just a princess, but begin a new life away from being a star on screen, as part of the aristocratic British Royal family. With much discussion on who she’ll be wearing (Ralph & Russo are a main contender, with the bookies having to suspend betting on the designer back in February), some people are pondering more personal questions such as the loss of her as an international spokeswoman. Mary Martin, international fashion designer, is one of those people.

Behind the designer

Martin’s latest collection ‘Article 10 : The Royal Collection’ is a demonstration of her imagination fused with the ‘freedom of expression’ concept.  Article 10 “provides the right to freedom of expression and information subject to certain restrictions that are in accordance with law and necessary in a democratic society.”

This right includes the freedom to hold opinions.

Will Meghan’s married role allow her to retain her own identity and express her ideas? Her social media profiles were removed within days of her engagement to Harry and fans were worried she had been silenced.  The concern might be misplaced as Time magazine selected Markle as being one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,”and it is unlikely she will be a mute goodwill ambassador.

Fashion with a purpose

Martin’s collection is a metaphor of Markle’s promise as the soon-to-be Princess sets out her role model blueprint for all that is brilliant in a young woman of mixed heritage with an outstanding moral agenda. Her collection reflects Markle’s enduring characteristics – beautiful, delicate, charming yet gritty and mischievous with a disarming intellect.

Part of this collection’s appeal is its almost chameleon-like quality presenting itself one way in a particular light and morphing into another fantastic creation. This wedding collection also spans the ages with a hint of Edwardian, a nod to the 70’s, a flourish of Victoriana and a futuristic boldness. Additional credibility is given to these dresses as some of the material used is vintage carefully curated and sourced by Mary over many years.

This charming collection has captivated all of us here at Glam Africa HQ, we can’t wait to see what dress Meghan actually does go for!


Model : Hira Shah.  Hair and Make up : Chantel Gayle      Photography by Paul Winstone

 Article 10: The Royal Collection is being shown at ‘flash’ catwalks across the nation as Martin takes her collection on tour across the United Kingdom.  Mary is taking her collection and her very own ‘Meghan’ across London on Sunday 13thMay and her dresses can be seen on June 16that La Grande Automobile Ball at Rockliffe Hall.


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