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Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress Is Getting a “Sequel” – InStyle

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Princess Diana‘s wedding gown may be one of the most famous dresses ever, but like Marvel intellectual property and just about every movie hitting the theaters this summer, it’s getting a “sequel.” Designer Elizabeth Emanuel, the woman behind the original 1981 dress, explained that she’s going to design a new dress that captures the magic of the original and that she’s going to “climb back into the time machine” and create a new gown that’s an update to the dress that we all know and love.

“I’m going to try and capture the spirit of the original — but through my eyes now,” Emanuel told People. “I want to preserve all the sparkles and pearls but with a completely different vision.”

Diana originally wore the dress during her wedding ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on July 29, 1981. Instantly, the puff sleeves and super-long train became trademarks of bridal fashion for an entire decade. Diana’s dress had a 25-foot train, which cascaded down the church steps in now-iconic photos from the day.

“It’s a really exciting thing because I often get asked, ‘Would you do the same dress again?’ Well, I wouldn’t change a thing on the dress in 1981, but if I was looking at it through my eyes now, there’s so many possibilities,” Emanuel continued.

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The designer revealed that ahead of Diana’s wedding, she created a second dress, just in case.

“I 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?'” she shared. “So, I thought, ‘I’m gonna make a backup dress.'” There were a few differences, however, including the color, which was white and “not the deep ivory that the royal wedding dress was made of.” Diana’s dress had the now-signature puffed sleeves, but Emanuel revealed that the backup had “slim ones, more fitted to her arms.”

Emanuel hasn’t shared a timeline for the new creation, but she did reproduce that second, never-before-worn dress for the virtual Princess Diana Museum

“We never got to see that dress on Diana and thought it would be lovely to envision it,” Renae Plant, the museum’s director and curator, said.

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