Pär Engsheden, the designer of Victoria's wedding dress, told to Svensk Damtidning about designing the dress at the royal wedding dress exhibition.
Pär Engsheden: "I have never seen a more beautiful bride than Victoria"
From the fittings in Prince Bertil's apartment at the Palace to the charged moment when Victoria winked him, minutes before the ceremony. For the first time, Pär Engsheden tells about how it was when he created the most important dress of his life.
Engsheden stands next to the crown princess's dress. He laid down his whole soul into it, and sew a lot by hand himself.
The dress would not just give gloss to the wedding, but should also be preserved for posterity, preferably indefinitely. And, most importantly, that Victoria would feel comfortable and happy when she was a bride. So the dress put also cast on her through entire wedding as it only does when it comes to flawless design and tailoring.
- The Crown Princess was the most beautiful bride I've seen, he says, smiling his little shy smile.
He is simply a champion who would prefer to evade attention.
What did you feel when you saw her wedding dress again after six years?
- Wow, I have really done it!
It's easy to like Pär Engsheden. He is truly humble and explains that he is not accustomed to be in focus like this. But it is, after all, the pearl among all his creations. What can be greater than the glorious task?
- It was an overwhelmingly great confidence.
A year before the wedding, he began sketching the dress in consultation with Victoria and her chambermaid, stylist Tina Törnquist. Pär sculpted the thick duchess on the Crown Princess. It took 30 meters silk and many fittings in Prince Bertil's apartment.
The train is a little secretly fastened under the belt, so that Victoria could take it away before dinner. Pär folds up the train slightly to show me the hem a little closer. But where the famous little blue rosette is hidden in the dress remains a secret.
Pär was with all the time, from morning chores until after midnight, always ready with a needle and thread. But he didn't need to worry, the dress was sitting just fine all the time, even during the wedding waltz.
Which moment you remember best?
- When I and Tina followed the Crown Princess to the car before the wedding and everything was ready. It was a very special atmosphere.
Pär Engsheden_ ”Jag har aldrig sett en vackrare brud än Victoria” _ Svensk Damtidning