Princess Diana’s wedding dress from her 1981 nuptials to Prince Charles will soon be on display for the public to see.
The gown, designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, will be part of an upcoming exhibition at Kensington Palace, titled “Royal Style in the Making,” and open to the public on June 3. The exhibition will explore “the fine art of designing for royalty,” according to the organization’s official website.
Diana’s dress was loaned to Kensington Palace by her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. The display coincides with what would’ve been the Princess of Wales’s 60th birthday. To mark the occasion, a commemorative statue of the royal will be unveiled in July.
“Our summer exhibition at Kensington Palace will shine a spotlight on some of the greatest talents of British design, whose work has been instrumental in shaping the visual identity of the royal family across the twentieth century,” said Historic Royal Palaces exhibition curator Matthew Storey in a statement, per People. “We’ll be exploring how the partnership between each designer and client worked, and revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in royal history.”
Though Diana and Charles formally divorced in 1996, her gown remains one of the most beloved and memorable wedding dresses in modern history. The iconic piece is instantly recognizable due to its luxurious design, which features a scoop neckline, an embellished collar, and voluminous puff sleeves. The dress’s signature asset, however, is its remarkable 25-foot-long train, which to this day is still one of the longest gown trains in royal history.
From Harper’s Bazaar US