Princess Diana had a "backup" wedding dress that she never knew about, designer Elizabeth Emanuel has now revealed

Publish Date
Friday, 5 April 2024, 11:00AM
Photo / Bang! Showbiz

Photo / Bang! Showbiz

Princess Diana had a "backup" wedding dress that she never knew about.

The late royal - who died in a car crash aged 36 in 1997 - tied the knot with King Charles in 1981 when he was known as the Prince of Wales and famously wore a wedding dress with a 25-foot train during the ceremony but now designer Elizabeth Emanuel has revealed that a second dress was lined up in case the original was stolen.

Elizabeth - who designed the gown along with her former husband David Emanuel - told People, "Neither of us wanted to worry her. It was a complete secret. was a bit neurotic, and I thought, 'What happens if somebody breaks in and steals the dress or something spills or there's a fire or it gets stolen?’ So I thought, 'I'm gonna make a backup dress.'"

The spare dress was different to the original and came with slim sleeves that were more "fitted" to the princess's arms but the fate of the gown remains unknown to this day.

She said: "It’s what made the dress so spectacular — it’s larger than life. [The second dress] was also white, not the deep ivory that the royal wedding dress was made of.

"I just thought, ‘If anything happens we’ll finish it off and have it ready. But it likely ended up on some sample rail. It probably got reused, torn up, thrown out, who knows? I call it the dress that never was."

The designer recently reproduced the dress using old sketches for a virtual museum honouring Diana.

Museum director and curator Renae Plant said: "We never got to see that dress on Diana and we thought it would be lovely to envision it. You cannot put a price tag on history."

- Written by Bang! Showbiz and republished here with edits and permission


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