Almost every woman dreams of that perfect wedding dress in which she’d look like a princess. While they may or may not get to wear a royal dress, Princess Diana’s wedding dress has given us major goals. The wedding dress of Princess Diana has become the star of the show at the Royal Fashion Exhibition.
Opening in Kensington Palace this summer, the new temporary exhibit is set to explore the intimate and exclusive relationship between fashion designers and royal clients.
Princess Diana’s wedding dress will be on display for the first time at Kensington Palace in 25 years, in addition to a rare, surviving toile for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; consort of King George VI.
Princess Diana’s wedding gown was one of the best-kept secrets in fashion history. She wore this royal attire for her 1981 marriage to Prince Charles. With a 7.6-meter-long train, the ivory silk dress was designed by young designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel.
The exhibition, titled Royal Style in the Making, at the Orangery at Kensington Palace, where Princess Diana lived until her death in a car crash in Paris in 1997, focuses on the work of designers who dressed the ladies of the royal family, from Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Princess Diana and the Queen Mother.
Princess Diana’s Ivory Silk Dress
Diana’s wedding dress was gorgeous with its spectacular train, trimmed with vintage lace, pearls and thousands of sequins. The 25 feet long train remains the longest in royal history.
On loan from HRH the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, the dress is now among the most famous in bridal history. It features a fitted bodice overlaid at the center both front and back with panels of antique Carrickmacross lace, which originally belonged to Queen Mary, the groom’s great-grandmother.
Its gently trimmed neckline and large puffed sleeves are adorned with bows and deep ruffles of taffeta, a style popularized by the Princess in the early 1980s. The full skirt is held up on a mountain of stiff net petticoats to create its famous silhouette.
The exhibition chronicles some of the hard toils behind the making of the dress, featuring photographs of the seamstresses as well as the keys for the safe where it used to be locked away at night for safety. The exhibit is slated to run until January 2, 2022.
Prince William and Prince Harry loaned both Diana’s wedding and going-away dresses to be exhibited. Diana would have turned 60 on July 1. To commemorate her memory, Harry and William are expected to unveil a long-awaited statue of her in a garden at Kensington Palace.
Royal Fashion Exhibition
The exhibition displays never-before-seen items from the archives of some of the most celebrated royal couturiers of the 20th century as well, exhibited alongside examples of the shiny gowns and stylish tailoring created for three generations of royal women.
It also provides a glimpse into the profound world of the atelier, showcasing how some of Britain’s finest designers fashion clothing predestined for the world stage. From the symbolic power of a coronation gown to the saga of a royal wedding dress, these showcased designs help shape the public image of the British monarchy.
Source: Historic Royal Palaces