29 March 2011

Diana had a spare wedding dress? Looks like it.

Elizabeth Emanuel holding a sketch of the dress Princess Diana wore on her wedding day

Elizabeth Emanuel, designer of the lace taffeta wedding dress worn by Diana when she married Prince Charles, has revealed that she and designer husband David created a spare dress for Diana in case the ‘secret of the real dress got out’.

The stand-in dress (stunt dress?) was never completed and was made by the Emanuel’s without Diana’s knowledge, with the designer saying ‘we didn't try it on Diana. We never even discussed it… we wanted to make sure that we had something there; it was for our own peace of mind, really.’

The first images of Diana’s stunt dress have JUST been released, and it looks, well pretty similar in design to the number one dress, really. Dress number two features the same deep ruffled neckline, fitted bodice and three quarter sleeves, but the sleeves look narrower and without the New Romantic-y puff shoulders of the original. There’s also no lace trim to the cuffs, but it’s not clear whether that is what passed for ‘minimal’ in the 80s, or whether that was the part that remained uncompleted.

Emanuel also says she has sympathy for whoever is designing Kate Middleton’s dress, saying ‘they're keeping quiet on the designer this time, probably to avoid all the hassle that we had’ (the Emanuels, who were working in a central London studio basically had to go into lockdown – with blinds permanently down, scraps of different fabrics in the bins, code names for Diana and two security guards on 24 hour watch). ‘It was really difficult and we didn't have to contend with cameras in phones etc like you have today. How do you keep something secret like that? I have no idea.’ Nor do we, Elizabeth. >humph<

Princess Diana on her wedding day

Elizabeth’s comments also raise the possibility that Kate is having more than one dress created for her big day next month. We already know that The Queen has several options to chose from, and also that Kate is having an almost Carrie Bradshaw size collection of shoes created, so would it be too much of a stretch to imagine there’s more than one dress being made? Hmmm… We think not.

Check in with us later when we’ll have a special "One Month To Go" (eep!) round-up of the latest royal wedding news, PLUS the magic coin will be answering your questions.

- Alex Butt


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