Princess Diana’s wedding dress has finally arrived in Canada for a brand new exhibition entitled Diana: A Celebration.
The most recognised wedding dress of all time will be one of more than 150 artefacts featured in nine galleries in the exhibit. The late royal wore the Elizabeth and David Emanuel-designed gown on her wedding day to Prince Charles in 1981, and it is the star attraction at the Canadian Mall.
Nick Grossmark, the exhibit curator, told local news: “It’s the most famous wedding dress in the world. It was worn by a person who became one of the most important women in the world.” The curator will accompany the dress as it travels the globe and is one of only two men who are allowed to touch it – as long as they are wearing white gloves, that is!
While creating the wedding gown, Elizabeth and David Emanuel had the windows of their shop painted over and hired guards to watch over their bins so as to not leak any fabric details to the public. Speaking to The Today Show, David explained how they “hired two security guards to work in 12-hour shifts, and held secret fittings and even two dress rehearsals inside the cathedral”.
The piece still holds the record for the longest train on a wedding dress in royal history.