'It Was Quite A Lot Of Creasing' Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress Designer Remembers The Moment She Saw Her Bridal Look

Diana Spencer married Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales on July 29th, 1981 at St Pauls Cathedral. Their wedding went down in history as one of the most-watched events in the world, with roughly 750 million people tuning in to watch the nuptials. 

Elizabeth Emmanuel, one of the designers of the iconic wedding dress worn that day by Diana, was ‘horrified’ when she first saw her walk up St. Paul’s Cathedral stairs. The dress she and her husband spent months creating was creased beyond imagination.

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The late Princess Diana’s wedding dress is probably one of the most influential fashion statements of the 20th century. 

“It inspired girls all around the world to have their very own fairytale day. Soon after, punch-bowl receptions went by the wayside and were replaced by lavish receptions, elaborate dresses, and even tiaras,” Leila Lewis, America’s foremost celebrity wedding publicist told Hello. “The desire for a memorable wedding day is something that lives on today and was no doubt spurred on by the great Lady Di.” 


For the occasion, Elizabeth and David Emmanuel, a young couple back then were set to design the iconic dress. The duo ended up designing an ivory silk taffeta gown which featured antique lace that once belonged to Queen Mary, 10,000 pearls and a 25-foot-long train. Time named it one of the most influential British royal wedding dresses of all time in an article last year.

Elizabeth Emmanuel, however, told ITV she was ‘horrified’ when she first saw Diana step out of her carriage.

“We did know it would crease a bit but when I saw her arrive at St Paul's and we saw the creasing I actually felt faint,” she said, as per the Mirror. "I was horrified, really, because it was quite a lot of creasing.”

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