Diana’s Wedding Gown Designer Speculates On Pippa’s Dress

As excitement gathers for Pippa’s wedding we can’t help but try to predict what she will wear. And it seems we are not alone! In an interview with HELLO! magazine, well-known royal dress designer, David Emanuel, shares his predictions ahead of the big day on the 20th of May.

David Emanuel is best known for creating Princess Diana’s incredible wedding dress in 1981, which featured a 25-foot train. He also presents the show Say Yes To The Dress UK.  During the interview David said: “If she [Pippa] boxes clever, she
should be completely different to her sister. It’s an opportunity for
her to wear something completely different, so it could be lace and
chiffon, keep it very soft, I would.”

Diana wearing the now iconic wedding dress by David Emanuel in 1981

He added: “I’d love to see
her in an empire-line gown, soft and flowing and elegant. You could have
a scoop neck, lace bodice with sleeves and then a very full, very
pretty three-layered chiffon skirt. Don’t forget it’s not a royal
wedding, so we’ll see. Everyone’s excited to see it, to see a bride!”

Pippa stunned everyone during her sister’s, the Duchess of Cambridge’s, big day back in 2011 in a fitted white gown by Alexander McQueen, the label behind Catherine’s wedding dress too. But sources say that Pippa is more likely to step out in a contemporary gown by a little-known designer. 

Catherine and Pippa wearing Alexander McQueen at the royal wedding in 2011

Nothing is yet confirmed about the brand behind Pippa’s dress, but British designer Giles Deacon is tipped as favourite. Giles’ is a London Fashion Week darling and his A-list clientele include actresses Kerry Washington,
Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson. He has been spotted
visiting Pippa and her mum Carole Middleton at home carrying bulky dress
bags. 

Although Giles wouldn’t
confirm the rumours, he did tell HELLO! Fashion: “I think they’ve both [Catherine and Pippa]
got divine style. They’re thoroughly modern girls promoting British
brands and looking fantastic.”

The next question on our lips though is, what will the mother of the bride, Carole Middleton, be wearing?

At Kate’s wedding Carole Middleton opted for a duck blue coat dress by Catherine Walker & Co. Everyone applauded Carole for the look and she soon became a source of inspiration for mothers of the brides everywhere. 

Carole Middleton at her daughter, Catherine’s, wedding to Prince William in 2011

According to bespoke womenswear designer Katherine Hooker, one of the reasons Carole’s look at Catherine’s wedding worked so well was
because she coordinated with the rest of the wedding party.

In an interview with The Telegraph Katherine revealed: “The main
rule is to coordinate with the mother of the groom so you don’t turn up
in very similar looks and ideally not in the same colour.”

L.K.Bennett’s brand director, Lorna Perrin, suggests in the same interview that the mother of the bride should not worry too much about being on trend. She said: “Choosing a mother of the bride outfit is so individual that it surpasses trends. The important thing is to radiate confidence and stay true to your personal style. Expand your search to flattering styles that can be worn for future events, styled with new accessories to give you a new look.” 

As with Pippa there has been no official confirmation about who will dress Carole at the wedding, so we wait with bated breath to see what the Middleton’s and extended royal family will wear for the big occasion… Roll on the 20th of May.

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