Monday, August 3, 2009

Uncrating of Princess Diana's 1981 Royal Wedding Dress

It's been called the "Dress of the Century". It was one of the main focal points on July 29, 1981, in St. Paul's Cathedral. Yes, were talking about Princess Diana's famous wedding dress. Below is a video uncrating of Princess Diana's 1981 Royal wedding dress for the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland. We've also include a few interesting facts:

* The 25-foot silk train on Princess Diana's wedding dress is the longest in Royal history

* The dress was made of six different fabrics including 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of tulle crinoline and 150 yards of netting for the veil.

* In keeping with tradition, most of the materials used in Diana’s royal wedding dress were made in Britain.

* The dress is a romantic, fairy-tale gown made of ivory silk taffeta and lace, with a fitted, boned bodice, curved neckline and a detailed finish.

* The wedding gown has a full skirt over a multi-layered, tulle petticoat, with intricately designed bodice panels. The entire gown is hand-embroidered with more that 10,000 tiny mother-of-pearl sequins and pearls.

* There were five months of intense fittings and Diana had to have rehearsals to practice walking with the heavy 25-foot train.

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