The dress that Diana, Princess of Wales, wore on her wedding day in 1981 was on display at Kensington Palace for the first time in 25 years.
Complete with its 25-foot sequin-encrusted train that filled the aisle of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the dress was on loan to the exhibit by Diana’s children, Prince William and Prince Harry.
The Royal Style in the Making exhibition takes a look at what it’s like to design an outfit for a royal client.
Organizers say Diana’s dress “is now among the most famous in bridal history.”
It features a fitted bodice layered center front and back, and panels of antique Carrickmacross lace that originally belonged to Queen Mary.
It also features a scoop neckline and large puffed sleeves adorned with bows and deep taffeta ruffles, a style made popular by Diana in the early 1980s.
Designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel also created a full skirt for the dress that sits on a mountain of stiff mesh petticoats.
Ms Emanuel recalled Diana calling her and her then husband to ask them to design the dress.
“It was one of those weird times when you know your life will never be the same again,” she said in a video shown at the show.
A rare surviving canvas for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, wife of King George VI, is one of a number of other items in royal fashion history on display.
Original sketches, fabric samples and never-before-seen photographs from the Royal Ceremonial Gowns collection will also be on display with the aim of bringing to life the skills the couturiers have added to the royal wardrobe.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-03 06:34:00