Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer reveals who was ‘really in charge’ of iconic gown

Diana: Wedding dress designer discusses 'stressful' experience

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Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer has described the experience of taking on the task as “stressful”. Elizabeth Emanuel spoke to ITV’s Good Morning Britain about creating the outfit for the 1981 royal wedding, recalling the moment she got the call from the late Princess of Wales. Diana’s famous gown has gone on display at Kensington Palace on Thursday for the first time in 25 years.

Ms Emanuel told viewers: “I remember getting the call when I was actually with another client at the time.

“Diana said, ‘Would you do me the honour of making me my wedding dress?’

“It was that second that I knew our lives would never be the same again.

“It was such a huge responsibility.”

She continued: “And, to be honest, quite stressful because we were so young at the time.

“But we wanted to make it the ultimate fairytale princess dress.”

The designer was also questioned over who was “really in charge”.

Host Richard Madeley asked: “As the weeks went by, and the designs chopped and changed and you gradually honed it down to the extraordinary thing you created, who was in charge, was it you and your husband or was it Diana?”

The Crown: Elizabeth Emanuel on Diana's wedding dress

Ms Emanuel replied: “I think Diana came with us because of our style.

“So she loved what we did anyway.

“So we just presented her with lots of sketches, she tried on a sample gown.”

The designer added: “When she tried that on we knew that was the perfect silhouette for her.

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“Very 80s, big puffy sleeves, big skirt, and it was perfect.”

The exhibition begins a month before what would have been the Princess of Wales’ 60th birthday.

Prince William and Prince Harry both loaned the dress to the display.

Diana’s gown is one of the most famous in history, sporting the longest train worn by a royal bride at 25ft.

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