On the royal wedding day, it is impossible not to think of the last royal wedding in 1981 in which Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana, married his father, Prince Charles. Kate Middleton’s wedding dress is the talk of the day, much like Princess Diana’s wedding dress was on her royal wedding day. Let’s compare the two fabulous and very different dresses of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana.
Princess Diana’s wedding dress and Kate Middleton’s wedding dress will both hold a place in fashion history. This morning, the world focused on the royal wedding and the fabulous wedding gown of Kate Middleton. After months of speculation, she dazzled in a lacy dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
Her satin dress featured a full skirt, lace appliqué for the bodice and a 10-foot train. She wore a beautiful ivory silk tulle veil with hand-embroidered flowers.
Princess Diana’s dress was made of ivory silk taffeta and antique lace and featured an amazing 25-foot train. It contained 10,000 hand-sewn pearls, and designers Elizabeth and David Emanuel said they “sewed her into the dress” for a perfect fit.
Princess Diana’s dress designer Elizabeth Emanuel recently gave her thumbs up to Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. “The whole thing worked very well,” she said, speaking outside of Buckingham Palace. “It was a very regal dress and, I thought, perfect because she looked like Kate. It was the Kate everyone loved, looking beautiful and elegant.”
When comparing the two dresses it is important to remember that Princess Diana’s dress was designed in the 1980s, and the style and trends were different. The elaborate neckline and puffy sleeves may seem a bit overdone to our modern tastes now, but it was the height of fashion, beauty and elegance at that time. She looked like the fairytale princess marrying her prince.
The dresses also showcase their different fashion personalities. Whereas Princess Diana was elegant, she also liked to take fashion risks — while Kate’s fashion choices are more classic and traditional.
Both dresses are an iconic part of history and have inspired and will inspire fashion and wedding dresses moving forward.