Princess Diana’s wedding dress was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, but the couple were shocked when they saw the bride get out of her car as she arrived at the church
Princess Diana’s wedding dress is still one of the most famous fashion items in history, and even people born years after she has walked down the aisle can recognize it.
When the 20-year-old bride got out of her car and walked up the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the world was in awe of her trendy gown.
The stunning ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown featured over 10,000 pearls and a long train.
However, there was one person who was not happy when she saw the dress on the wedding day – the woman who designed it.
Elizabeth Emanuel and her husband spent months creating the royal wedding dress, going to great lengths to ensure the design remains a secret.
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Speaking on the invitation to ITV’s royal wedding, Elizabeth admitted to being horrified when she saw how wrinkled Diana’s dress had become.
She said: “We knew it would bend a bit, but when I saw her come to St Paul’s and we saw the bend I felt weak.
“I was horrified, really, because it was a lot of folds.
“It was a lot more than we thought.”
They had done a dress rehearsal but using different material, and it wasn’t that bad.
But now she says that looking back, this moment was actually her favorite shot of the princess in a dress, comparing it to a caterpillar emerging from a cocoon and becoming a butterfly.
In addition to the famous dress, David and Elizabeth created a second relief dress in case the main one leaked.
David said People : “At the time, we wanted to be absolutely sure that the dress was a surprise.
“We didn’t try it on Diana. We never even discussed it. We wanted to make sure we had something there; it was for our own peace of mind, really.”
So Diana never even saw the second dress which was made of the same fabric as the first and also had ruffles around the neck.
However, there were some big differences between the two.
The secret dress was much less lavish than the original version, devoid of the antique lace and 10,000 mother-of-pearl sequins as well as the 25-foot train.
It was also never completed as it was not needed at the end.
Since Diana was 5ft 10, exactly the same height as Charles, she decided to wear low heeled shoes on her wedding day so that she wasn’t taller than him.
The stunning shoes were designed by famous shoemaker Clive Shilton, with satin, lace and over 500 sequins and 100 pearls.
Diana had the letters C and D painted on the suede soles, with a little heart in between.
Although they had only met a handful of times, Charles and Diana were married at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981.
They said “yes” in front of 3,500 guests, including royals, celebrities and world leaders, with an additional 750 million people around the world watching television.