Fantasy vs. Actuality: How the Crown recreated Princess Diana’s iconic fashions
They couldn’t recreate the iconic silk taffeta and lace dress from David Emmanuel and then mrs Elizabeth Emanuel The Princess Diana was born on July 29, 1981 when she married Prince Charles in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Assistant costume designer Sidonie Roberts said they had David’s blessing to copy the dress, which in real life required three months of 24/7 work starting from when the future queen appeared at Emanuels’ humble studio in London for her first consultation at the humble studio in the Mayfair district . The couple and their assistants worked their way off in the utmost secrecy, drawing out sketches so that they would not be seen by the insatiable press, darkening their windows and using all kinds of cunning.
“It was a magical time,” David recalled E! News in a 2017 interview. “She was young, she was beautiful, so how do you start designing for someone like this?” He said there was “no bureaucracy” or restrictions in the palace and that they were “completely free” to work with Diana on the dress alone.
In terms of materials, “everything has to be British, British, British,” said David. “We have that [silk]Worms and they’re British, we’ve got the taffeta, we’ve got the top. “The previous record for a royal wedding dress train was 20 feet, so they decided to blow past it and make Diana’s train 25 feet-long.
“Halfway through, we realized, ‘We’re not going to end this.’ There was a little panic, “the designer recalled. Diana had a wonderful sense of humor, he said, but “behind the scenes we think, ‘Maybe we bit off too much … keep sewing!'”