|Princess Diana's wedding dress. Aw, this dress on a stand pic makes me feel kinda sad actually...|
|Ah yeah, now that's a dress|
From "A look back at Princess Diana's Wedding dress":
"It is quite arguably the most famous wedding dress of modern times.
Princess Diana's dress was made of 40 yards of ivory silk taffeta and antique lace.
It was covered in 10,000 hand sewn pearls, and who could forget the 25 foot long cathedral train.
"We sewed her into the dress because I had a nightmare that the train might fall off down the aisle," Elizabeth Emanuel said."
Now THAT is a dress!
It's kind of funny: when Princess Diana stepped out of that carriage on her wedding day, I thought her dress was URGLY. I thought it was all EW, and not white, and SO, SO WRINKLY.
Now that I'm older and shockingly, majestically more mature, I think it's a FABULOUS dress. An ingenious dress. But I'll get to that.
Fast forward THIRTY FREAKING YEARS, and today everyone is talking about the marriage of Wills and Kate. What time would I have had to get up this morning if I wanted to watch the wedding? Four? Five? Yeah, that's NEVER EVER going to happen. Sure, the wedding is kinda neat, and yes, it's a ROYAL wedding, but there are two problems with this:
1) I am not in any way shape or form, a morning person. After Ella was wailing at 3:30 this morning that she'd had a bad dream, I was dead to the world until 7:00. DEAD TO THE WORLD, PEOPLE
2) I think the whole monarchy business is kinda ridiculous.
OH RELAX, I'm not going to get all Chumbawamba about it (catchy song--a little too extremist maybe, but it's got a good beat and I can dance to it), but I'm really not a big worshipper of anything besides a good night's sleep. But, I'm not going to be a big crust pot about it. I've had many a debate with The Man, who is much more of a traditionalist than I, and whose family does have some commemorative queeny, princey, princessy type mugs and plates and stuff, but today I'd rather be girly and talk about dresses.
So, I missed the wedding. Yeah, I actually kind of shunned the wedding, because I'm a miserable jerk like that, and I kinda felt like I was missing out on something. I heard a lot of people on TV and in blog land talking about having fun tea parties, and making scones and stuff like that, and even if I'm not jumping up and down because some privileged girl became a PRINCESS, I DO LURV A PARTY. Damn. I LURV a party.
However, I had to tune in for a bit, because weddings are nice. I am still a romantic at heart (THAT'S RIGHT--even if I chow doritos in my hotel room, while wearing ripped gitch, instead of getting my love on with The Man), and I am still a girl I guess, so I likes a good fancy dress. Yeah, you do too: that's why it was totally awesome when your Barbie clothes collection had a white dress and cheap little net veil. So, I tuned in to see how lovely Kate Middleton looked, and what her dress looked like:
|image from HERE|
|trashy much? Image from HERE|
She looked young, and fresh, and timeless in a Grace Kelly kind of way, which is just how she should look really. However, did her dress PUNCH THE WORLD IN THE FACE like Diana's? I would have to say NO. Did Diana's dress say; "THAT'S RIGHT, B*TCHES, I'M ROYALTY NOW"? Hellz yes.
I mean, regardless of whether or not you loved Diana's dress, you have to admit it was genius for the time. It was big, decadent, and luxurious in its yards and yards of fabbo sumptuous taffeta-ness, and damn it, it could be wrinkled just to show you that it doesn't have to be ironed or shiny because it's FREAKING SILK, PEOPLE.
But most importantly, you have to consider this: Diana got married in 1981. The 80's people. The MOTHERTRUCKING 80's. You know: one of the worst eras for hair, makeup and fashion EVER? The era that gave us the SHOULDER PAD, the LEG WARMER, LILAC COLOURED LIPSTICK and FEATHERED HAIR?
Yeah, that's right. So, before you conclude Diana's dress was ugly, remember, she could easily have walked down the aisle like this:
|image from HERE|