Princess Diana and Prince Charles wed in July 1981, watched by millions of people around the globe. Alongside the excitement of the royal ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral, came the frenzied anticipation around Diana’s wedding dress. The incredible silk taffeta gown has gone down in fashion history, however at the time it was shrouded in strict secrecy until the moment when Lady Diana Spencer emerged from her bridal carriage.
Netflix documentary ‘The Story of Diana’, which originally aired in 2017, hears from designer Elizabeth Emanuel.
She gave a glimpse behind the scenes into her experience of making the iconic dress.
She said: “The first meeting, it was brilliant actually. She was unexpected - because when she phoned up to make an appointment I got her name wrong!”
Elizabeth designed the dress alongside her then-husband David Emmanuel.
Princess Diana's iconic wedding ensemble (Image: Getty)
She continued: “We’d only been out of college for one year. She could have gone to far more experienced designers.”
“But we did have a vision.
“We wanted it to be dramatic, something people would remember.
“We wanted people weeping! Crying at how beautiful this was.
“This is the ultimate fairytale princess wedding dress.”
The dress had a 25-foot train and 153-yard tulle veil (Image: Getty)
Ms Emanuel also recalled how she had to use subterfuge to keep the dress top-secret.
She explained: “We had to hide things from the press, leave false trails and put blinds