Princess Diana's wedding dress is going on public display this summer

Jessica Davis
·2-min read

Princess Diana is remembered for a lot of things - one being her unique sense of style that is still so admired today.

This summer, royal fans can learn more about Diana's wardrobe as part of a forthcoming exhibition, which will feature the late royal's wedding dress as the star attraction - the first time it's been on display to the public in 25 years.

The 'Royal Style in the Making' exhibition at Kensington Palace will explore the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client, showcasing never-before-seen archive pieces including that iconic gown by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

The dress featured an impressive sequin-encrusted train which was 25-feet long, the longest in royal history, which dramatically filled the St Pauls Cathedral aisle on 29 July 1981.

Photo credit: Fox Photos - Getty Images
Photo credit: Fox Photos - Getty Images

Both Prince Harry and Prince William gave their permission for their mother's wedding gown to be exhibited. The piece, which remains one of the most famous wedding dresses in history, was made with lace that originally belonged to Queen Mary (Prince Charles’ grandmother). It featured puff sleeves - a signature of the time - frilled detailing and a fitted bodice.

Photo credit: Fox Photos - Getty Images
Photo credit: Fox Photos - Getty Images

Exhibition curator Matthew Storey explained: "Our summer exhibition at Kensington Palace will shine a spotlight on some of the greatest talents of British design, whose work has been instrumental in shaping the visual identity of the royal family across the 20th century.

"While one of the highlights will undoubtedly be Diana, Princess of Wales’ show-stopping Emanuel-designed wedding dress—which goes on show at the palace for the first time in 25 years—we’ve got some real surprises up our sleeve for fashion fans."

'Royal Style in the Making' will be displayed in Kensington Palace's Orangery from 3 June 2021 to 2 January 2022.

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