By now you’ve seen most, if not all, of the fourth season of The Crown, and you’ve done your best to shake off Emma Corrin’s fascinating portrayal of a humble kindergarten worker who became the concerned Princess Lady Diana Spencer. A milestone in the series that follows the life of the British monarchy between 1979 and 1990 is Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles.
“It was like a butterfly coming out of its pupa,” Elizabeth Emanuel, half of the design duo behind the Princess of Wales wedding dress, once told British Vogue. The gravity of the moment when the nation’s 20-year-old treasure climbed the steps of St. Pauls to change her life forever was not lost for actress Emma Corrin, who plays Diana in The Crown. A series of exclusive behind-the-scenes photos captures the moment the rising star tried on the ornate, foamy gown, originally made by the Emanuels and recreated by costume designer Amy Roberts for the show.
The original silk taffeta was sourced from Stephen Walters and the silk from Lullingstone Silk Farm.
“I had a team of about 10 people who helped me get dressed because it was huge,” said Corrin, recalling the preparation for filming at Lancaster House in London. “I went out and everyone was completely silent. More than anything else I wear on the show, it is … it is her. “Roberts agrees,” It just kept people from staying in their footsteps. It was moving [but] almost creepy, and Emma struggled not to cry because we all know how this story ends and it’s not a happy ending. “
About 10,000 mother-of-pearl sequins were sewn onto the bodice, sleeves and veil of Diana’s wedding dress.
To create Diana’s “amazing, completely OTT” wedding dress, Roberts consulted the Emanuels about every single flounce and mother-of-pearl sequins on the 80s silhouette. “David was so generous,” Roberts told Vogue. “He wasn’t valuable and didn’t say, ‘Oh, if you don’t get this right, it will be [disastrous]. ‘He was just amazing and funny. “Roberts based her work on this expertise, then channeled her own memory of how Diana married Charles to capture the emotions of that day. “I thought, ‘What do I remember about the dress? ‘Since it’s my job to give that to people [feeling]. I thought of every little girl’s dream of a princess getting married. When she got out of that golden car, that feeling appeared. “
Employing seamstresses to support the crafting process of Diana’s dress would have involved the risk of exposure, which is why the Emanuels’ mothers were commissioned to do the careful handicraft in 1981.
For Corrin, who says she “met Diana like you were a friend,” the creepy moment she saw the fairy tale dress with its 25-foot train and puffed sleeves that influenced a generation of bridal fashion was Modeled for the first time became more poignant through the empathy she felt for the king. “I know that sounds really weird, but I get a great sense of camaraderie from her.”
Corrin’s outfit for the replica of Diana’s dress, for which the Emanuels billed the royal family 1,000 guineas.
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