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Old 11-22-2017, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by loonytick View Post
Not less, but a designer more experienced with getting high profile to major events unwrinkled may have insisted on some changes. A more fitted bodice could have made it through the carriage ride in better shape. Embellishment with some weight to it on the skirt, like embroidery, helps pull out the wrinkles a bit when you stand up. And honestly, just thinking more strategically about how to arrange the dress for the carriage ride (it looked like they just shoved it all in there willy-nilly) could have helped a little.

That said, for a long time I thought the wrinkles were on purpose. As a girl, I thought Diana's gown looked soft and fluffy and lovely.
I see your point, I think those wrinkles were because of beginner's mistakes? They had not taken the small space of the Glass Coach into account.

That said, Lady Diana was my most beautiful bride for years. Not really anymore, although I don't have an exact "successor".

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Old 11-22-2017, 08:56 AM
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To be fair, very few designers have experience with getting a client to the event wrinkle-free in a situation where half the world will be watching them in transit. From what I understand, it's not unusual for movie stars in wrinkle-prone gowns to ride to the Oscars laying down in their limos to avoid creasing around the crotch, but they can do that windows are heavily tinted and nobody's lined up on the route waiting for a glimpse of them. But back in the 40s and 50s, Norman Hartnell made quite a few full gowns for the Queen and Queen Mother to wear to events that required carriage rides that managed to survive the ride. I have to assume that someone still around who'd worked in Hartnell's studio could have helped Diana's designers learn from his strategies.

On the one hand, Diana's dress delighted millions of people at the time and set off a trend for giant, floofy wedding gowns that lasted for several years. On the other hand, what we all saw walking down the aisle was a heavily crushed version of what she and the Emmanuels intended, and from things they've said in interviews they were all somewhat disappointed with how it turned out.

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Old 11-22-2017, 09:30 AM
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The top overwhelmed her I think...and she was a statuesque lady. But that was not well done (the top) and didn't really suit her IMO.

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Old 11-22-2017, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Tsaritsa View Post
It didn't help that she'd lost a dramatic amount of weight prior to the wedding. The voluminous dress seemed to swallow her -noticeably so from the waist up to the shoulders- however, it was a magnificent creation -I still recall gasping when I saw it at the Althorp exhibition- and a perfect balance for the width and opulence of St Paul's, compared with the elegance of Westminster Abbey, which appears to lend itself towards a more stream-lined style of dress, Princess Margaret's being an exception.
ITA 100%. When I first saw it I gasped too...because I thought it was a big frothy mess and I was so disappointed. But with the passage of time I've come to appreciate and understand it much, much better. It is still not my favorite Royal bridal gown but it was perfectly suited to time, the place, and person it was for.

And yes, if Diana had not lost so much weight in the lead up to the wedding it would have been far more flattering and successful.

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