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Dress for Diana, A Hardcover – July 20, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperDes; 1 edition (July 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006121437X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061214370
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

July 29,1981—The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer is one of the iconic moments of the twentieth century. It remains a day embedded in the memory of millions of people around the world—over 800 million people were watching at home on television.

Of all the images from the day itself, the one that springs to mind immediately is that of Diana's arrival at St. Paul's Cathedral in the glass carriage and the public's first glimpse of the best kept secret of the day: the royal wedding dress.

For the young designers, David Emanuel and Elizabeth Emanuel creating Diana's wedding dress was "a fairytale come true." Having only been introduced to Lady Diana Spencer in February 1981, the Emanuels quickly became one of her favored designers, which lead to a telephone call in March 1981 that would change their lives forever.

Officially commissioned by Buckingham Palace, the Emanuels set about designing a dress that would never be forgotten. Each step of the process was completed in total secrecy to ensure that no one, especially the world's press, got a glimpse of the famous dress until that glorious July day.

About the Author

British designers David Emanuel and Elizabeth Emanuel found world acclaim when they created the sumptuous ivory taffeta and antique lace wedding dress with the 25-foot train for Lady Diana Spencer.

David now runs David Emanuel Couture and designs for an international clientele. He has also diversified into television, hosting several of his own series including Designed by Emanuel and the highly successful TV show Shop the World. David writes his own newspaper column as Style Editor.



British designers David Emanuel and Elizabeth Emanuel found world acclaim when they created the sumptuous ivory taffeta and antique lace wedding dress with the 25-foot train for Lady Diana Spencer.

Elizabeth Emanuel continues to design for stage and screen. Her clients include many celebrities such as Elizabeth Hurley, Jerry Hall, Joan Coffins, Ivana Trump, Richard Branson, Caprice, Charlize Theron, and Drew Barrymore. In 2005 she launched her own label, The Art of Being.

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Bought this book for my mother's birthday.....she loved it.
OneCent
When I saw this book in the store, I was interested by the cover and quickly flipped through the pages.
DrewFromNY
This is a wonderful book detailing the steps taken to design the "wedding dress" for Princess Diana.
Kristi Ahlers

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A. Burchfield on August 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've just started reading it, did look all the way through it, and find that this book is really a history of the Emanuel's design work on the Princess' wedding gown. It doesn't seem to touch much upon what everyone knows later happened, just sticks to the details of their work for her including a few other gowns.

I didn't even find very much about the Emanuels themselves,(not a whole lot about Diana either), they kept to the subject with a lot of small details that most people will not have seen or heard before. You'll find a lot of detail and photos telling about/showing various aspects of the gown and many of their staff working on it. There's also some information about the other details they attended to like their involvement with the shoes Diana wore and the flowers she carried (all in a unified look).

I think it's a nice addition to your Diana collection, if you have one, and worthy of your interest even if you only care about dress design.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Louise Boyd on July 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
How wonderful to read about and see pictures of how the wedding dress of the century was made. Lots of behind the scenes information on how Princess Diana wanted her wedding and in a very tastefully done manner. It was great fun to read and brought back all the excitement I missed since the passing of Diana. I have over 250 books on this topic and it will be one of the more treasured additions to my collection that I have had in a long time. I don't think Diana would feel betrayed, but proud of the
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Meadow Sage on August 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It was nice to read a book that focused on when it all began and Diana seemed so happy. It seems like yesterday that I got up at 3 in the morning and sat on my parent's couch to watch the wedding. This is a sweet, pretty little book that takes you back and reminds you what a really big event it was for everyone involved. I like that David and Elizabeth were just starting out - it makes the dressmaking seem like a little family affair, especially when Elizabeth's mom has to pitch in with the needlework. I've always wanted to see that little gold horseshoe they sewed into the dress but they kept it their little secret with Diana and that's okay! I loved every word and picture in it and appreciate the Emmanuels creating this golden book that's as lacy and girly and beautiful as any of their dresses without dishing any dirt - rather just reliving a happy and innocent time 25 years ago when it really seemed we had a real life Cinderella if only for far too short a time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on April 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book detailing the steps taken to design the "wedding dress" for Princess Diana. Plenty of sketches of the progress of the design, personal notes and invitations to various balls and parties make this a personal accounting of the creation of this dress. This is a pictorial telling the story of the design team and the journey they took to design a beautiful dress for one of the worlds most beloved person. Without a doubt this is a great addition to anyone's personal library.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DrewFromNY on August 1, 2006
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When I saw this book in the store, I was interested by the cover and quickly flipped through the pages. As I did, I became more intrigued at its content. This is not just a photographic history of "the most photographed dress in the world" but a visual lesson in how the dress was created, from the initial design to the final bow on the back. Knowing what we all know (and I am not one who follows the English Royalty very closely) about Diana and her life after the wedding, it is especially interesting to read about how this fairy tale wedding featured a supporting cast of players who also went on to great success. David Emanuel and his wife, Elizabeth, were just starting out when they were chosen to design the gown. I have recently seen Mr. Emanuel on American t.v. hosting his own weekly shopping show, and he is a fantastic personality. WE network recently had a 1 hour documentary on the Royal Wedding, but this book, cleverly and interestingly written, focuses on one aspect of that wedding and gives readers an interesting and in-depth look at the dress and the Lady who wore it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gail Vacy-lyle on September 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a beautiful book that is a little different - no scandal or inuendo - just wonderful text about the wedding event of the 80's, with different and detailed photos and sketches about how this magnificent wedding dress (at the time) came to be, including Diana's involvement. Additionally, if you are into sewing or dressmaking as I am, it gives an added dimension. Quality book which has been unavailable in Oz, even now. Thanks Amazon!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Loves Books in MD VINE VOICE on December 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book offers an insiders view of the process involved in the design and creation of a royal wedding dress. It was interesting reading about the experience as written by two young designers who became world renowned after receiving this commission, which I believe was their introduction to the world of the royal family.

While there are mentions of Diana, which are all complimentary, the book is primarily about the dress - from the design to the wearing. Pictures taken throughout the creative process provided a visual diary that formed the bulk of the book. Despite the fact the dress was better than the marriage, the book was enjoyable and pleasant reading and made you wish Diana had the happy ever after ending that matched her fairytale wedding dress.
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