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What we know about Stella McCartney

Meghan’s evening reception dress, a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe, has been designed by the 46-year-old.

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Stella McCartney designed Meghan Markle's evening reception dress (Ian West/PA Wire)

Stella McCartney designed Meghan Markle's evening reception dress (Ian West/PA Wire)

Stella McCartney designed Meghan Markle's evening reception dress (Ian West/PA Wire)

Stella McCartney is a well-known name on the global fashion scene.

But what do we know about the British designer behind the Duchess of Sussex’s evening reception dress?

The 46-year-old who has established herself as a major force in the fashion industry is the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney and his first wife Linda.

She graduated from Central Saint Martins College in 1995.

Her final show as a student saw her designs modelled by famous friends including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell to a soundtrack which included a new song written in her honour by her father.

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The Duchess of Sussex, who was wearing the Stella McCartney creation, and the Duke of Sussex leaving Windsor Castle for their evening reception (Steve Parsons/PA)

The Duchess of Sussex, who was wearing the Stella McCartney creation, and the Duke of Sussex leaving Windsor Castle for their evening reception (Steve Parsons/PA)

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The Duchess of Sussex, who was wearing the Stella McCartney creation, and the Duke of Sussex leaving Windsor Castle for their evening reception (Steve Parsons/PA)

Two years later, she was appointed creative director of French fashion house Chloe, a move widely derided at the time, but she proved a runaway success and soon left to launch her own label.

Since then, she has built up her business and now runs more than 20 stores around the world selling her designs to some 100 countries and has teamed up with brands including Adidas and H&M.

In 2012 she was named Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, in part for her work designing the kit worn by Team GB and the nation’s Paralympians.

In the past McCartney has dressed a host of stars including Amy Poehler, Kate Hudson, Karlie Kloss and Adele.

And Meghan is no stranger to her fashion either, wearing a black coat by the designer while visiting Cardiff with Prince Harry.

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Meghan Markle wears a black coat by Stella McCartney while visiting Cardiff Castle with Prince Harry (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Meghan Markle wears a black coat by Stella McCartney while visiting Cardiff Castle with Prince Harry (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Meghan Markle wears a black coat by Stella McCartney while visiting Cardiff Castle with Prince Harry (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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