Mirror, mirror on the wall…who has the most dazzling dress of all?
Princess Diana, hands down. Sure, it’s VERY fairytale fantasy with those poofy sleeves and the meringue skirt. But, c’mon…that dress was EPIC. Until the recent nuptials of her son William to Kate, was there ever a wedding the world watched with more anticipation in our modern era?
Guess what? The dress and its magnificent 25-foot train are currently touring the U.S. as part of the exhibition Diana: A Celebration.
Throughout nine galleries, heirlooms, paintings, letters, videos and photos provide historical and personal context to the late princess’s life. Other items include 28 designer suits and evening gowns worn by the princess in her public life; two diamond tiaras and other priceless family jewels; the original text of the Earl Spencer’s moving tribute to his sister at the funeral in Westminister Abbey; the score and lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition, adapted from “Candle in the Wind;” original heritage family paintings; and books of condolences left by people throughout the world. But the true highlight of the exhibit is that famous wedding dress.
All profits generated to the Althorp Estate from Diana, A Celebration at Althorp and overseas go to The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. Since 1998, the exhibition at Althorp has generated more than $2 million for charities supported by the memorial fund and has been visited by more than one million people, though it is open there for only two months out of the year.
The tour is currently at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut and will move on to the Mall of America in Minneapolis from February 4 through June 10. Currently there are no plans to come to Sacramento, or California for that matter…but we’re hopeful. In summer, the exhibit is scheduled to move back to its permanent home in England.
Worth the trip to the Midwest? For any Princess Di fan, we think it’s a must.
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Blog post by Always a Bridesmaid Columnist Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of dianaexhibition.com.
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