A Dress for Diana

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9780061214370: A Dress for Diana

Kate Middleton’s royal wedding to Prince William on April 29, 2011 will be the fashion event of the century. And with the whole world watching, Kate’s royal wedding dress will redefine elegance and grace for the next generation of royalty—just as Princess Diana’s legendary wedding gown did a generation ago. When British designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel designed Diana’s dress, they helped her become the most beloved princess in the world. Like Ann Lowe’s wedding gown for Jacqueline Kennedy or Vera Wang’s many celebrity wedding dress designs, the gown that the Emanuels created for Princess Di changed the future of wedding fashion. Now, you can revisit the beauty and innovation that went into Diana’s wedding dress in this lavish, full-color book, written by the dressmakers themselves—the perfect way to make the magic of Princess Kate’s wedding story come to life.

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July 29,1981—The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer is one of the iconic moments of the twentieth century. It remains a day embedded in the memory of millions of people around the world—over 800 million people were watching at home on television.

Of all the images from the day itself, the one that springs to mind immediately is that of Diana's arrival at St. Paul's Cathedral in the glass carriage and the public's first glimpse of the best kept secret of the day: the royal wedding dress.

For the young designers, David Emanuel and Elizabeth Emanuel creating Diana's wedding dress was "a fairytale come true." Having only been introduced to Lady Diana Spencer in February 1981, the Emanuels quickly became one of her favored designers, which lead to a telephone call in March 1981 that would change their lives forever.

Officially commissioned by Buckingham Palace, the Emanuels set about designing a dress that would never be forgotten. Each step of the process was completed in total secrecy to ensure that no one, especially the world's press, got a glimpse of the famous dress until that glorious July day.

About the Author:

British designers David Emanuel and Elizabeth Emanuel found world acclaim when they created the sumptuous ivory taffeta and antique lace wedding dress with the 25-foot train for Lady Diana Spencer.

David now runs David Emanuel Couture and designs for an international clientele. He has also diversified into television, hosting several of his own series including Designed by Emanuel and the highly successful TV show Shop the World. David writes his own newspaper column as Style Editor.



British designers David Emanuel and Elizabeth Emanuel found world acclaim when they created the sumptuous ivory taffeta and antique lace wedding dress with the 25-foot train for Lady Diana Spencer.

Elizabeth Emanuel continues to design for stage and screen. Her clients include many celebrities such as Elizabeth Hurley, Jerry Hall, Joan Coffins, Ivana Trump, Richard Branson, Caprice, Charlize Theron, and Drew Barrymore. In 2005 she launched her own label, The Art of Being.

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