Our year just got a whole lot better because Princess Diana's iconic wedding dress is going to be on display at Kensington Palace in a new exhibit. Vax me up and book my flight because we have to see this dress in the flesh.
On Monday, Historic Royal Palaces curators announced that the dress will be the centerpiece of a new display at the palace this summer. Prince Harry and Prince William both approved the unveiling of their late mother's dress in the exhibit.
The gown, which was designed and created by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, will be a part of the temporary exhibition, Royal Style in the Making, which will begin June 3. The exhibition will feature designs created for royals and will explore the relationship between designers and royal clients.
Exhibition curator at Historic Royal Palaces Matthew Storey revealed more information about the special exhibition in a statement. "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 twentieth century."
He continued, "We'll be exploring how the partnership between each designer and client worked and revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in royal history. While one of the highlights will undoubtedly be Diana, Princess of Wales's 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!"
It's fair to say that the famous dress will certainly steal the show. The dress, worn by then Lady Diana Spencer to her wedding to Prince Charles on July 29, 1981, features a scoop neck, puff shoulders, and long sleeves, embellished with bows and flows into a full, ballgown-style skirt. Another legendary part of the dress fans won't want to miss? The 25-foot train, which unfurled down the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral that day: the longest in royal history.
Designer Elizabeth tells People she is looking forward to seeing the dress once again. "It will be like seeing an old friend after all these years," she says. "I was looking at the images again today, and I can't believe how many sequins we sewed onto the dress. This is going to be a wonderful exhibition."
This display isn't the only tribute to Princess Di this summer. William and Harry will also reveal a statue of their mother on palace grounds. The "People's Princess" would have turned 60 on July 1. If you're like us and you're dying to see this dress in person, the Historic Royal Palaces have started taking online bookings to view the dress. You do not want to miss this.