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Lady Diana's dress, fit for a princess

Lady Diana's dress, fit for a princess

Thursday August 30, 2012 - 16h10
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 Sketches of the front and back views of the wedding dress worn by Lady Diana Spencer for her wedding to the Prince of Wales at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The dress was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, and had a 25ft long detachable train. The bride's veil of ivory silk tulle, spangled with thousands of tiny hand-embroidered mother-of-pearl sequins, was held in place by the Spencer Family diamond tiara. The bride also wore diamond drop earrings, lent by her mother.
Sketches of the front and back views of the wedding dress worn by Lady Diana Spencer for her wedding to the Prince of Wales at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The dress was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, and had a 25ft long detachable train. The bride's veil of ivory silk tulle, spangled with thousands of tiny hand-embroidered mother-of-pearl sequins, was held in place by the Spencer Family diamond tiara. The bride also wore diamond drop earrings, lent by her mother.
<span>Sketches of the front and back views of the wedding dress worn by Lady Diana Spencer for her wedding to the Prince of Wales at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The dress was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, and had a 25ft long detachable train. The bride's veil of ivory silk tulle, spangled with thousands of tiny hand-embroidered mother-of-pearl sequins, was held in place by the Spencer Family diamond tiara. The bride also wore diamond drop earrings, lent by her mother.</span>

For the 15th anniversary of Lady Diana's sad death, we thought we'd take the opportunity to reflect on this influential woman's life and, in particular, her mark on the fashion world.

And if one dress left a mark, it was that gorgeous wedding dress of hers. Though her marriage to Prince Charles did not culminate in a happy ending, the wedding itself was an iconic event and is a day that will never be forgotten by those who were lucky enough to witness it.

Down in history

Diana's unforgettable wedding dress was designed by British fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel and her husband, David. The duo had very specific instructions: that the dress had to be something that would "go down in history." Well, it most certainly did that.

The grandiose gown, which cost a glorious £9000, was made from luxurious ivory silk taffeta fabric and antique lace.

It featured large, opulent puffed sleeves and a 25-foot train, the longest in royal wedding history. Rumour has it that due to the length of the train, Lady Di's father had trouble fitting inside the coach as he accompanied her to the cathedral!

Lady Di lives on

It was heart-warming to see features of Lady Diana's gown– the traditional Carrickmacross lace-making technique, for example- on Kate Middleton's wedding dress when she tied the knot with Lady Di's eldest son.

Let us all raise a glass to a truly remarkable woman whose life was tragically torn away from her. Although she did not get the fairy-tale endingg, Lady Diana will not soon be forgotten.


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