Who made Princess Diana’s wedding dress? Meet the London designers
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Emma Corrin portrayed Princess Diana in the fourth series of The Crown. For the famous royal wedding scene, Corrin wore a replica of Diana’s wedding dress which took 14 weeks to make. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Diana’s dress and her fashion choices.
Who made Princess Diana’s wedding dress?
London-based husband and wife duo, David and Elizabeth Emanuel designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress.
The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles took place on July 29, 1981, at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The dress is one of the most famous dresses in the world and is one of the most closely guarded secrets in fashion history
Sally Moore in her book The Definitive Diana: An Intimate Look at the Princess of Wales from A to Z noted Diana personally selected the Emanuel’s as she liked the chiffon blouse they designed for her formal photo session with Lord Snowdon.
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The dress consisted of an ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown, which carried a 25ft train and veil.
The dress itself was embroidered with sequins, lace and 10,000 pearls.
Wayne Martin, Senior Lecturer in Costume and Performance Design at Bournemouth University, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Princess Diana’s wedding dress.
He said: “I think from what I have seen the attention to detail and the overall accuracy in the costuming of the Crown is excellent.
“The detail is exceptional with a particular emphasis on key costumes such as Princess Diana’s wedding dress.”
Martin continued: “Princess Diana’s clothing in the early years of her marriage was fashionable but I think led early on by the up and coming Emmanuel’s.
“They were known for their Romantic inspired Couture which was at the time ‘Perfect’ for a 19-year-old new to be Princess.
“It ticked all the boxes. Diana had a discerning eye, the Emmanuel’s had just graduated from St Martins and their Studios were the place to go On reflection critics have said their clothes were unflattering, frilly and nothing special.
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“I disagree, they were of their time, frills and full gowns, puffed sleeves and lace were of the fashion.
“You only have to look at the new romantic movement to see what was all the rage.
“Both David and Elizabeth Emmanuel still produce stylish well-cut and highly intricate couture for private clientele, Bridal Couture and ready to wear.
“Their clothes were groundbreaking and rich in embellishment, perfect for a young aristo who needed to make her mark on society.”
Since then, Elizabeth Emanuel has developed her own label and worked in costume design.
Elizabeth and David Emanuel met at Harrow School of Art in the early 1970s and married in 1975.
Together, they were the first married couple to be accepted into the Royal College of Art for a two-year master’s degree in Fashion.
Her former husband, David, is the host of TLC show, Say Yes to the Dress.
He also appeared on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2013 and came runner up, losing to Westlife singer Kian Egan.
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