Princess Diana's Wedding Dress Designer Created a Secret Second Gown

Which the bride didn't even know about!

Updated 08/17/18

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The late Princess Diana's oh-so-eighties wedding dress is still deemed one of the most iconic wedding gowns to date. Designed by former husband-and-wife duo David and Elizabeth Emanuel, the notorious frock from her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles is estimated to be worth about $150,000. So much work went into creating the silk-and-taffeta number (25-foot train and all) that the designers even hired security to keep the ensemble completely under wraps. In fact, a sister dress was discreetly made for Princess Di's royal wedding in case the original sketches went public!

Yes, that's right—the People's Princess had a secret back-up edition of her famed puff-sleeve wedding dress, which she surprisingly never even knew about. "At the time we wanted to make absolutely sure that the dress was a surprise," David told People. "We didn't try it on Diana. We never even discussed it. We wanted to make sure that we had something there; it was for our own peace of mind, really."

But, don't get too excited. The second gown, which David and Elizabeth never fully finished, was nowhere near as lavish as the original. Because who has time to hand-embroider 10,000 pearls and sequins TWICE!? The alternative did bear one resemblance, featuring the same ruffled detailing along the neckline as Diana's actual wedding dress.

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David had previously opened up to Express regarding his inspiration for Diana's wedding gown. "I wanted the dress to reflect that but she was going in as Lady Diana Spencer and coming out as the Princess of Wales," he said. "St Paul’s Cathedral was very grand."

All in all, thank goodness the OG dress designs were never leaked because we truly can't imagine the Princess of Wales walking down the aisle in anything less.

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