Royal dresses, including Diana’s wedding dress, on display in London
© Reuters. A gallery assistant looks at Diana, Princess of Wales wedding dress on display at Kensington Palace in London, UK on June 7, 2021. REUTERS / Hannah McKay
LONDON (Reuters) – The voluminous ivory-colored gown that Princess Diana wore to marry Prince Charles in 1981 was shown in her former London home as part of a new exhibition showing a selection of dresses worn by members of the British royal family.
“Royal Style in the Making” explores the work of designers and their royal customers, showing outfits created for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Diana, as well as sketches, fabric samples and photographs from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection.
One of the most famous dresses is Diana’s wedding dress made of taffeta and lace, which consists of a bodice, a full skirt, puff sleeves and a 7-meter-long train. The dress, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, is on loan from Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry.
“Now we all know this iconic shape that is so typical of early 80s fashion, big puffed sleeves, very romantic and vintage-inspired,” said Matthew Storey, curator of the exhibition.
“But when you come into the exhibition, you appreciate the details, the antique lace, the modern lace that it is supposed to imitate, that lines the entire 7-meter train, all of which are trimmed with thousands of iridescent sequins, like the whole dress sparkles. “
Among other things, a rare surviving toilet can be seen for a dress that Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, wore on the coronation of King George VI in 1937.
Storey said one of his favorite exhibits was an 18th-century style blue and gold dress designed by set designer Oliver Messel for Princess Margaret.
“She wore it to a fancy dress ball at the Mansion House in 1964 to help one of her favorite charities, the St. John Ambulance,” he said.
The exhibition, which opened last week and runs until January, is located at Kensington Palace, where Diana lived until she died in a car accident in Paris in 1997.
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