Designer behind Princess Diana's iconic wedding gown reveals his advice for modern-day brides

February 04 [Sat], 2017, 11:42
As the designer behind one of the most iconic dresses in history, you could say David Emanuel knows a thing or two about wedding dresses.

Speaking in Australia, the Welsh designer wedding dress revealed a few tips about how modern-day brides can get the perfect gown.

The esteemed designer's number one piece of advice? Keep an open mind.

'Listen [to those who know]. And only try on gowns within your budget.'

Mr Emanuel was handpicked by Princess Diana to design her wedding dress in 1981, after he graced the pages of Vogue magazine.

While he said that these days women often come with an 'entourage' of between six and eight people when they try on wedding dresses, Mr Emanuel said Diana came with one person - her mother.

'Enough. She didn't need the world there. Bring someone with you that you trust and trust their taste.'

The designer added that if you bring your best friend, they will most likely only like the things that would suit them - they won't necessarily think of the bride.

Mr Emanuel's other tips for wedding dress shopping include buying in a physical shop rather than online, and shopping for your gown some 12 months before your wedding.

'Start with going through your closet and seeing what styles you've got that you like,' he said. 

'Look at various bridal magazines, go online. Look at your friends' wedding gowns when you go to their weddings.'

The designer also warned against the dangers of over-shopping. Rather than trying on 40 gowns and feeling confused, he said it's best to go with your instinct.

Mr Emanuel about Prince Harry's current girlfriend, Meghan Markle, and how he would style her were she to wed the young British prince:

'I'd make her look really polished and elegant, but I'm not saying a silhouette either,' he said.

'She is an actress so she'll be very aware of her look because she can see herself on the screen, she'll have learned what looks good...'


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