Diana’s wedding dress designer ‘felt faint’ when she saw gown on big day

Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer said she “felt faint” when she saw the gown on the big day.

The dress, which cost around £9,000 to make, was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel and featured more than 10,000 pearls.

The couple spent months creating the royal wedding dress, going to extreme lengths to ensure the design remained secret.

The fabrics included 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of tulle crinoline and 150 yards of netting for the veil.

It was then followed by a train made of 25 feet of hand-embroidered silk.

But when the designers saw Diana at the church, they were horrified by how creased the dress had become.

Elizabeth recalled the moment she saw Diana step out of her wedding carriage during an appearance on ITV's Invitation to the Royal Wedding in 2018.

She said: "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.

"I was horrified, really, because it was quite a lot of creasing. It was a lot more than we thought."

They had done a dress rehearsal beforehand, but they'd used a different material so it wasn't anywhere near as creased as how it was on the day.

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As well as the famous dress, David and Elizabeth created a backup just in case it was needed in an emergency.

David told People: "At the time we wanted to make absolutely sure that the dress was a surprise.

"We didn’t try it on Diana. We never even discussed it. We wanted to make sure that we had something there; it was for our own peace of mind, really."

Diana called David after the ceremony to thank him for his work on the dress, according to HELLO!.

He said: "After all the photographs, they went in to have the wedding breakfast and I went back to my studio in Mayfair. All of my workroom ladies were there so we had a glass of champagne.

"We had a little party and just as I'm about to lock up, the phone rings… I thought who's calling? It was Diana! She said 'I just wanted to say thank you so much for the gown. I loved it. Prince Charles loved it. All the family loved it.'"

He added: "It couldn't have been more special for me to hear from the client. When you design for a bride you want her to be happy. As long as the bride is happy that is all that matters. The fact she took the time before she went off on honeymoon… that's genuine kindness."

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