Amy Roberts, The Crown’s costume designer, did an impressive job re-creating Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress. Emma Corrin, who plays Diana Spencer, will be wearing the dress for the royal wedding scene with Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) in season four of the series – and Netflix recently shared some new details on the making of the iconic replica.
Princess Diana’s original ivory silk wedding dress worn at Buckingham Palace on July 29, 1981, was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel. It featured a 25-foot train, 153-yard tulle veil, three-quarter length puffed-sleeves, and ruffles along the neckline and back of the gown. For The Crown’s recreation, Netflix shared on Twitter that costume designer Amy Roberts “wanted to pull in many of the style choices and create the same spirit of David & Elizabeth Emanuel’s original design, but make something new.”
Netflix shared that “without access to the original patterns, Amy collaborated with David Emmanuel. He was enormously helpful, talking the design team through the detail of many of the original drawings to help them create this gown for Emma Corrin. Four months and five fittings later, with three people spending a collective six hundred hours working, they had a dress. It’s made of 95-meters of fabric and 100-meters of lace, with a train that is approximately 30-meters long. The Nottingham-based team who made the lace on the Emmanuel’s original dress also made the lace for this one. Sadly the man who worked on the real-life dress passed away, but it’s his son who worked on the one you’ll see in The Crown.”
Ahead is a closer look at The Crown’s re-creation of Princess Diana’s iconic ’80s wedding dress and the original gown.