Of course, Princess Diana’s wedding dress became one of the most iconic wedding dresses of all time, often dubbed the ‘most closely guarded secret in fashion history’ because few details were revealed until its debut on Diana’s wedding day.
Designed by husband-and-wife team David and Elizabeth Emanuel, a young designer couple who would suddenly find themselves propelled to the international stage, the choice was considered a patriotic one, supporting the UK’s fashion industry.
Who can forget Princess Diana walking down the aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral in her incredible ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown? The late Princess of Wales’ July 1981 wedding to Prince Charles remains one of the most iconic moments in royal history – and certainly featured one of the most memorable dresses.
With its record-breaking 25-foot train and 10,000 mother of pearl sequins and pearl embellishments, the gorgeous creation – valued at £151,000 last year – will go down in history.
HELLO! Caught up with David Emanuel, the man behind the design, at the launch of The Wonder Room at Bromley Brides boutique in south London.
All eyes were on Diana when she wed Prince Charles in July 1981
The Say Yes To The Dress host spilled the beans about working with Diana, from the design process, to her “sweet” personality – and revealed a little known fact about the gown.
Here are some of David’s wonderful insights into working with Diana
Working with Princess Diana was a dream
“You’ve got the most beautiful woman, inside and out. It’s not just the look and the frocks and the fashion. She genuinely was just sweet. She was very young”, David said, recalling her charming and shy personality.
“There are so many quotes about Diana and a lot of them are nonsense. Diana was so sweet, she was young, she used to blush.”