Diana’s Wedding Dress Designer Opens Up About Friendship

Princess Diana’s Dress To Go On Display For Public At Kensington Palace

Princess Diana’s Dress Is On Display In Kensington Palace. Image - Flickr

The designer of Princess Diana’s wedding dress has opened up about their friendship as a new exhibition in Kensington Palace showcases a century of royal style, including Diana’s fairy-tale dress.

David Emanuel, 68, who co-designed the dress worn by Princess Diana in St Paul’s Cathedral, said Diana was “global icon of style, beauty and compassion”.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly as the exhibition opened yesterday, David said, “It’s hard to believe it’s 40 years ago, all these memories come flooding back. It was fun, she was full of life, joyous. I know there was unrest in London, but people were aching for a fabulous time. It was a holiday, everyone had street parties, everyone came out with their flags and it was a joyous occasion.

“When I first met her, she was a teenager and she turned into this extraordinary woman. She was a global icon of style, beauty and compassion and that’s how the public loved her. She was a philanthropist, she cared, and that’s why people adored her.

“That dress has made millions and millions of dollars for good causes and charities. I was invited up by Charles Spencer before it opened officially to the public and then he travelled the world with it,” he added.

David was involved in last minute preparations on the wedding day.

“She was all dressed ready to go, looking fabulous, the beautiful blue eyes and I said ‘Darling, did you check the hooks in your petticoat’ and she said ‘No’. I had visions that huge petty would go adrift,” he said.

“All those memories come back she was fun and full of life, and once those blue eyes set on you, it was all over,” he added.

The dress, on loan from The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex for the exhibition, is among the most famous in bridal history. It features a fitted bodice overlaid at the centre both front and back with panels of antique Carrickmacross lace that had originally belonged to Queen Mary, the groom’s great-grandmother. Its gently scooped neckline and large puffed sleeves are trimmed with bows and deep ruffles of taffeta, a style popularized by the Princess in the early 1980s, while the full skirt is supported on a mountain of stiff net petticoats to create its famous silhouette.

The Euro Weekly News is running a campaign to help reunite Brits in Spain with their family and friends by capping the costs of PCR tests for travel. Please help us urge the government to cap costs at https://euroweeklynews.com/2021/04/16/ewn-champions-the-rights-of-brits-in-spain-to-see-loved-ones-again/

Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to check The Euro Weekly News for all your up-to-date local and international news stories.

Author badge placeholder
Written by

Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.