The dress that Princess Diana wore on her wedding day in 1981 is now on display at Kensington Palace for the public to see.
THE dress that Princess Diana wore on her wedding day in 1981 is now on display at Kensington Palace for the public to see for the first time in 25 years. The dress has been given on loan to the exhibition by Prince William and Prince Harry, Diana’s two children, according to Sky News.
The exhibition, The Royal Style in the Making, aims at taking a look into what it is like to design an outfit for a royal customer. According to organisers, Diana’s dress “is now among the most famous in bridal history.”
The dress Diana, Princess of Wales, wore is complete with the 25-foot train that is covered in sequins that filled the aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral. It also features a fitted bodice that is overlaid in the centre of the front and back and panels of antique Carrickmacross lace that originally belonged to Queen Mary.
The neckline is scooped and the large puffed sleeves are trimmed with bows and ruffles of taffeta. The style was made popular by the Princess in the early 1980s.
David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who designed the famous dress, also created a full skirt supported by lots of stiff net petticoats for the dress.
Elizabeth describes the moment Diana called her asking if she and her husband would design the dress as “one of those strange moments where you know your life is never going to be the same again.”
The exhibition also shows original sketches, swatches of fabric and previously unseen photographs from the royal ceremonial dress collection. An array of gowns and tailoring created for three generations of royal women are also items that are on show at the Kensington Palace Orangery.
The exhibition opens today, June 3, and will be open for public until the new year.
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