Princess Diana may have resented some of the attention she received, but that did little to lessen the intense interest in her life. That’s why her dress design team, which also included Elizabeth Emanuel, David Emanuel’s now-ex-wife, created a backup dress for her wedding should the media have successfully unveiled her original dress.
“The spare wedding gown was made just in case the secret of the real dress ever got out.” Elizabeth told Hello! in August. “Fortunately, it was never used.” Diana’s second dress consisted of “pale ivory silk taffeta with embroidered scalloped details on the hem and sleeves,” she added. “Tiny pearls were sewn on the bodice.”
In the end, the designers’ loyalty to Princess Diana was far stronger than any amount of money. As the New York Post reported, Elizabeth and David skipped over a hefty payday, which would’ve required them to leak their designs to the press. In hindsight, it’s not exactly shocking that the designers showed extreme loyalty to the late princess. When detailing the first of several meetings with the would-be princess, regarding the dress’ creation, Elizabeth’s enduring regard for Diana was clear. “She was so young and just so sweet and shy, and it was really fun,” Elizabeth shared in 2022. “It was a big adventure for her suddenly to see all the clothes in the showroom. And she put a lot of trust in us, really, to come up with clothes that would suit her.”