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How I kept 'pretty and shy' Diana's wedding dress secrets: Royal dress designer David Emanuel reveals all in the jungle

by emma 28. November 2013 11:11

He is thousands of miles away in the Australian jungle but designer David Emanuel's thoughts are never far from Princess Diana.

He famously designed the Princesss wedding dress along with his then-wife Elizabeth, for her wedding in 1981 to Prince Charles.

And while talking to fellow I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! contestant, ex-Westlife singer Kian Egan, David revealed all about his first meeting with the Princess and how it changed his life forever.
A chance meeting with an editor at Vogue magazine led to him and Elizabeth making several dresses for Diana, who was emerging as a public figure after her relationship with Prince Charles became known.

'She was a very nicely brought up, pretty girl, quite shy,' he said of their first meeting. 'She said: 'I'm looking for a pretty dress.'
caused a sensation at the time and afterwards Diana asked David to design her wedding gown.

'I picked up a call in the studio and she said: "It's me", said David. 'She never said 'Lady Diana.' I always used to say "Hello, me." '

'She said, "I'm just wondering, would you do the honour of designing my wedding gown?" I thought, Christ, perhaps it's a hoax call.'

'All this press that she's getting married and nobody knows anything and then she rang up and I said, "Yeah!" '
'When she came in I said "Did you call me?" 'Yes," she said and started laughing. Immediately it was announced, we got surrounded by the press, the world.'

Princess Dianas dress—seen by over 700 million people worldwide—was made of ivory silk, pure taffeta and antique lace, with 10,000 pearls and sequins, and had a 25ft train.

The dress is described in Fashion Encyclopedia as: Creations by artists from Botticelli to Renoir and Degas were used as influences, as were photographs of some of the more romantic women in history. The garments seen on Greta Garbo in Camille, Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind, and Marlene Dietrich in The Scarlet Empress were all recreated to some degree.
Welsh-born designer David's life changed dramatically after designing Diana's wedding dress, becoming an internationally-known name and television presenter and producer as well as continuing to design dresses for the Princess.

He and Elizabeth,who have two children together, divorced in 1990.

Now David is enduring life in the jungle, last night comforting Alfonso Ribiero when the American actor had a tearful moment. However he might not but there for much longer, as he is currently the bookmaker's favourite to be booted out at the first public eviction on Wednesday night.

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