Hello-Hello, and happy Tuesday!
The announcement itself demonstrates the way the Monarchy has embraced social media:
“The website will bring together all of the official social media around the event, including the Clarence House and Buckingham Palace Flickr account, Twitter (@Clarence House), The Royal Channel on YouTube and the British Monarchy Facebook page, providing direct easy access to all channels of communication. Subject to further planning work, the website may feature a live web stream broadcast of the wedding itself.”
There are tabs with information on the service, the procession, the reception and more.
The site has one detail that is more-than-relevant to our post today:
“…on the day itself the site will be the first place to view information such as the details of Miss Middleton’s wedding dress.
It is all very wise on the part of the monarchy, an outstanding way to dispense, and control, wedding news.
Next, a wonderful post from our very own Royal Correspondent, Queen Bee Swain.
A Dress for Kate – A Dress for Diana – David and Elizabeth Emanuel
Kate Middleton clearly won last week with her first three official (and triumphant) appearances, at the military base in Anglesey, Wales, the 600th Anniversary kick-off of St. Andrews University in Scotland and at the signing of the condolences book for the victims of the Earthquake in New Zealand in London. With a calendar that is yet to be announced of her next appearance, we appearingly must come down to earth again until she re-emerges. (More on those appearances here.)
Without new footage of her latest comings and goings, the focus is certainly due to shift back to The Dress. At this time, the designer is still yet unknown and it is said by reliable sources that it is being made inside Buckingham Palace as to be under the tightest security before April 29th. Meanwhile, Princess Diana’s wedding dress was recently on the Today Show, appearing after a few months in Grand Rapids, MI and on exhibit in Kansas City through April, beginning this Friday.
This might be the most perfect segue ever to the book that the Emanuels (couple David and Elizabeth were the atelier who designed and made Princess Diana’s wedding dress) book titled “A Dress for Diana.” This book is part memoir, part operations management case study; they reflect upon the very start of their business (not too soon before Princess Diana burst onto the scene), to when they first met Diana, to the process of creating one of the most photographed dresses of all time, to the run-down on the wedding day and tie it all up with the aftermath of the Big Day. The book was put together in 2006 from the immense amount of papers, documents, photographs and bric-a-brac the Emanuels catalogued throughout the Dress process.
The Emanuels and Princess Diana first crossed paths when British Vogue called their shop for a few items for a photoshoot. They sent them over, not thinking much more than they had a chance of having a piece appear in the magazine. Little did they know that Princess Diana’s older sisters worked for Vogue and were clandestinely amassing a selection for her Official Portrait as Princess in Waiting. She spied the top, loved it and asked for the designer’s information. From there, she rang the Emanuels to discuss the possibility of them designing The Dress.
From the get-go, you are lead through the expansive and imperative role and meaning of the creation and symbolism the Dress stood for. Influences and inspiration were drawn from other Royal brides, portraiture of generations of family members and the Empire past, present and future. Materials used, from the lace, to silk, to seed pearls to the flowers in the arrangements were too all be British- liaising and procuring these wares was a job in and of itself. To top it all off were the security, protocol, media and deadline pressures and issues.
The Dress and the Blouse weren’t the only pieces Diana wore by the Emanuels. As seen above with Prince Charles and her Sereness, Princess Grace (a few months before her own untimely death), was the dress the Emanuels designed that turned who the media had dubbed Shy Di into the English Rose of a Force that Princess Diana was in the fashion world. Diana would continue to work with the Emanuels throughout the rest of her life to commission various pieces.
I spied this book when dropping a slew of old books off at the used book store a few years ago and continually find myself picking it up; the curatorial and operations management pieces of the creation of the Dress are ceaselessly fascinating and always draw me back to take a quiet look at how it all came to be. Definitely worth scooping up on Amazon.com or requesting at your local library as we ride out the remaining fifty-some days until April 29th.
NOTE: More on the book is also available at Elizabeth Emanuel’s website.