In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, on July 31, People and ABC will present the special The Story of Diana, where people close to the missing princess, including her brother Earl Spencer, will be remembering her and sharing some anecdotes that lived with her. The designer Elizabeth Emanuel also participated in that special, who along with her ex-husband, David Emanuel, were in charge of making the now famous wedding dress that Diana wore when she married Prince Charles in 1981.
"Most girlfriends lose weight," the designer told People magazine. “We were not concerned when the same thing happened to her. It looked amazing. She ended up with a 23-inch waist. She walked more self-assured. I think he felt great with the way he looked."
The dress, which has been copied by many, became the center of attention at the wedding and even still remains one of the most remembered wedding dresses of royalty.
"It was very sweet. It was very easy to work with her,”said Emanuel. “We never had instructions to make the wedding dress. That added a little fun [to the process]. It was more like an adventure."
To make sure the dress, which had oversized sleeves and a super long train, looked spectacular, the designers decided to do the final test at Buckingham Palace.
"This was a real royal palace and there was Diana in the wedding dress that we designed for her," said the designer. “She always remained very calm and did not panic. But I was really worried that something would go wrong. We take aromatic salts [and] glucose pills. What if she passed out? What if she lost consciousness or something fell on her lap? I had a bad feeling that her tail was going to fall off [because] we sew part of the dress on top of it.”
Luckily none of that happened and more than a princess, Diana looked like a queen on her wedding day.
The two-day special, where the designer shares more of her friendship with Diana and talks about the other dresses she made for her, will air on August 9 and 10, at 9 p.m., on ABC.