Lucky visitors to the Kensington Palace will be able to get a closer glimpse at one of history’s most famous garments —the late Diana, Princess of Wales’ wedding dress.
The temporary exhibition, opening at Kensington Palance in the Orangery, showcases the connection between the royal family and custom pieces that are cemented in fashion history. Prince Harry and Prince William kindly loaned the gown to the palace, especially for this exhibit. The gown appears in Kensington for the first time in 25 years.
Diana’s taffeta Alexander McQueen gown featured a 25-foot long train, the longest in royal history, and a 153-yard long veil.
The Historic Royal Palace writes the dress, “features a fitted bodice overlaid at the centre both front and back with panels of antique Carrickmacross lace that had originally belonged to Queen Mary, the groom’s great-grandmother. Its gently scooped neckline and large puffed sleeves are trimmed with bows and deep ruffles of taffeta, a style popularized by the Princess in the early 1980s, while the full skirt is supported on a mountain of stiff net petticoats to create its famous silhouette.”
Also on display is a toile for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; consort of King George VI.
The exhibit will also feature other exciting bespoke pieces that have been made for women of the royal family over generations and never-before-seen looks.
The connection between the royal family and atelier fashion is centuries old, making this exhibit one that has been many years in the making. If you can’t make it over to the exhibit, be sure to read more about some of the looks here.END
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