A piece of Royal history: Elizabeth Emanuel's collage of off-cuts from Princess Diana's wedding gown set to fetch up to 10,000 at auction
10:03 GMT, 11 September 2012
The Sarah Burton of her day,
Elizabeth Emanuel created the wedding dress worn by the late Princess of
Wales on her wedding day to Prince Charles in 1981.
And now a collage of off-cuts from Princess Diana's wedding gown is up for auction.
The collage contains five fabric off-cuts from the gown and one from one of the bridesmaid’s sashes.
Pieces from Princess Diana's iconic gown are up for auction and are set to fetch up to 10,000
The off-cuts have been framed with a sketch of Dianas gown from the official press release and a handwritten letter from Elizabeth Emanuel
Elizabeth Emanuel gave the fabric off-cuts to the family who cared for her children during the two weeks prior to the Royal Wedding as a token of her appreciation.
The off-cuts have been framed with a sketch of Diana’s gown from the official press release and a handwritten letter from Elizabeth Emanuel, thanking the family for minding her children in the busy run up to the Royal Wedding.
Elizabeth Emanuel shot to fame when she designed Diana's dress and the Princess was a firm supporter of her designs
Elizabeth Emanuel created the wedding dress worn by the late Princess of Wales on her wedding day to Prince Charles in 1981
'This is a unique memento of Charles & Diana’s wedding which was watched on TV by an estimated 750m people worldwide.
'This collage is the perfect
opportunity for collectors to own such a personal item from the wedding
of the People’s Princess' said Kylie Whitehead, PFC Auctions
It isn't the first time that a piece of the historical Royal wedding have been up for auction.
In may, a scrapbook of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Royal Wedding made by Elizabeth Emanuel sold for 3,194 at PFC Auctions.
The iconic wedding gown has toured the world and has been valued as 'priceless'
Diana had been a staunch supporter of
Emanuel even before her wedding, wearing a black tulle gown by the
designer for her first public engagement at the Royal Opera House.
She continued to do so in the years following wearing a turquoise creation at a ball in Melbourne Australia in 1985.
Bidding for the rare pieces is open now and ends at on Thursday 27 September 2012.
THE TALE OF THE MOST ICONIC DRESS IN HISTORY
From the time of the March announcement that the Emanuels would be making Diana’s dress until the wedding in July, the windows of their Brooke Street couture shop were covered with blinds.
The dress is made of 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of tulle and 150 yards of netting for the veil.
The 25-foot silk train is the longest in Royal history.
Diana’s five bridesmaids also wore dresses of ivory silk, modeled closely on her gown.
Diana kept with tradition and wore an old antique lace, new silk, a borrowed tiara and a small blue bow, sewn into the waistband of her dress.
Diana’s shoes had a hidden message on the bottom, which said 'C + D.'
The Emanuels created an extra, 'backup' wedding dress identical to the one Diana actually wore. Diana never tried the extra dress on, and its details were never completed, but it was created in case of an emergency situation on the wedding day.
The dress also included 10,000 pearls sewn right onto the dress.
The dress featured some very special lace. It was the item that served as 'something old' for her wedding. The lace had belonged to Queen Mary, who was crowned in 1911.