Princess Diana’s wedding dress was as elegant and mystical as the Princess herself. The dress that was created by a couple, David and Elizabeth Emanuel, was kept a secret until the moment Diana stepped out in it with Prince Charles. Princess wanted her dress to be a secret and it was definitely worth all amount of anticipation.
When the dress was revealed in all its majesty, designer and non-designers were in complete awe of the intricate design on the gown, the 25-foot train and 10,000 pearls that adorned it. However, what met the eye was only a part of it. There were certain details in her gown that most people haven’t recognized even today. Have a look at 11 most intriguing facts about Princess Diana’s wedding dress.
1. Since the Princess was losing weight to fit into her bodice on the wedding day, new bodices of different measured had be stitched. Even then, there had to be some last minute changes and Diana was sewn into the last version of the dress.
2. To give the dress an antique look and feel, the designers added a lace that went back to a gown in Queen Mary’s times.
3. The Royals don’t take chances and hence, a special umbrella was designed to go with the dress. It was an antique silk parasol with pearls, sequins and lace that was on the dress.
4. The wedding dress has seen many an eventful days after the occasion for which it was made was over. Diana had entrusted her brother to take care of the dress until her sons were old enough to be given the responsibility. In her will, the dress went to Prince William and Prince Harry.
5. The time and energy devoted to shoes was almost parallel to that given to the dress. The dress was fluffy enough to cover the shoes, and yet a total of six months went into their creation. The heart shape you see there has 542 sequins and 132 pearls!
6. Like mentioned, Royals don’t take chance. There was a back-up dress made in case the original one got leaked. One day, this dress simply disappeared from the Emmanuels’ place. It appeared at an auction in 2005.
7. The sensation over the new Royal bride’s wedding dress was serious. For this reason, the designers, Elizabeth and David, installed heavy-duty blinds and a safe in which to keep everything related to that dress.
8. The gown went on to be so big that it was hardly contained in the carriage driving her to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Due to its weight and length, the dress got very crumpled during the ride and the creases were almost too visible once she got down.
9. While putting on her perfume, the Princess accidentally spilled it on one part of her dress. Luckily, they were able to simply fold that part over and cross fingers about it going unnoticed.
10. To wish the couple a happy and prosperous marriage, the designers had sewn in a good luck charm in the form of 18-carat Welsh gold charm
11. Irrespective of her personal, open-minded views, Diana followed the “something old, new, borrowed, blue” tradition for her Royal marriage. She had the dress fabric spun at a British silk farm, the lace was from Queen Mary’s times, and she borrowed the 18th century tiara from the Spencer family heirloom.