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Princess Diana's Iconic Wedding Dress Designer Elizabeth Emanuel Recalls Their Conversations

Joe Akins
Jun 06, 2021
07:30 P.M.
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Princess Diana’s wedding dress will be exhibited for the first time in 23 years at Kensington Palace. Designer Elizabeth Emmanuel recently spoke about her conversation with Diana before making the gown.


Elizabeth Emmanuel, the designer who made Princess Diana’s wedding dress, has come out to reveal a conversation they had while the dress was being made. Speaking to "Good Morning Britain," she said:

“When Diana said, would you do me the honor of making my wedding dress, it was the second that I knew our lives would never be the same again.”

Princess Diana and Prince Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England on July 29, 1981 | Photo: Getty Images


According to her, it was a huge responsibility to make the dress, and it was very stressful for them because they were very young at the time, but they had to create something unique. She



“We wanted to make it the ultimate fairytale princess dress.”

She continued, saying that Princess Diana approached them because she already loved their style. The Princess already loved what they were doing as designers and wanted them to help make her dream come true.


Making the dress did not come easy, though. They had to show the princess many sketches, and she had to try on different samples of wedding gowns. But when she tried the one she finally wore, they knew that was the perfect silhouette for her.

This gown is one of the most famous royal wedding gowns ever.

Emanuel had this discussion about how they were able to create the dress for the 1981 royal wedding on ITV’s "Good Morning Britain" show.


This comes as the famous gown went into a display at Kensington Palace, where the late Princess of Wales once lived with her sons before her death.

This new exhibit kickstarted on Thursday, and the wedding dress which David and Elizabeth Emmanuel designed is the centerpiece of the attraction.


The dress was loaned out for display by Princess Diana’s sons as the exhibition starts a month before what would have been Diana's 60th birthday.

The audience at the display will be allowed to examine all of the gown’s details, its puffed sleeves, scooped neckline, and the most prominent feature, the 25-feet train.

Princess Diana at a State Banquet on November 16, 1986. | Photo: Getty Images


This is not the first time that the dress will be publicly exhibited. It was part of an exhibition held in July 1998 at the ancestral home of Diana, almost a year after her tragic death.

This gown is one of the most famous royal wedding gowns ever. However, the world has been blessed to witness many other famous wedding gowns, including Princess Elizabeth's (1947) and Prince Caroline of Monaco's (1978), among many others.