Diana's dress of the century: Mystery of the back-up wedding gown that vanished, how her waist shrank five inches in six months and a secret message in her shoes.The atmosphere, recalls Elizabeth Emanuel, was electric, even at six o’clock in the morning. ‘Crowds were already amassing outside and we had to drive past the barricades, which made us feel terribly important.‘When we got inside Clarence House, where Diana had been living since her engagement to Charles, all the bridal party were there.‘Everyone was singing along to the adverts on TV, drinking orange juice and eating biscuits, and watching the festivities.‘I remember Judith Chalmers, who was presenting the BBC coverage, wondering what the dress would look like — and thinking: “We know!” ’For designers Elizabeth and David Emanuel, in their late 20s and not long out of fashion school, it was a career-defining moment.Months earlier, in March 1981, Buckingham Palace had announced, to widespread surprise, that the Emanuels had been asked to design the dress Lady Diana Spencer would wear to marry Prince Charles.It was the commission of a lifetime to make the dress of the century. And now, here they were, just hours from seeing Diana become a Princess in their history-making creation.The dress had been delivered to Clarence House from their London studio the day before. Now, while Diana had her make-up and hair done, Elizabeth and David shook out the frothy lace and metres of silk.Elizabeth and David, equipped with pins and an emergency sewing kit, checked the dress and helped arrange the veil for the official wedding portraits, which were taken by Lord Lichfield.
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