Emma Corin opens about her role as Princess Diana in The Crown Season 4 and what it’s like to wear her infamous wedding dress.
In an interview with British Vogue for its October issue, Emma Corin revealed how she ended up wearing the dress of Princess Diana, especially made for her.
A glimpse of Corin as Princess Diana
The Emanuels designed Princess Diana’s original wedding dress. The 24-year-old star told British Vogue the famous designers gave them the gown’s patterns that were specifically made for her.
“We were filming the scene when you first see her in the wedding dress,” she said. “I think it was Lancaster House in London.”
Corin continued she had the help of a team composed of about ten people to put on the dress because it was so huge.
“I walked out, and everyone went completely silent,” she continued. “More than anything else I wear in the series, it’s so … It’s her.”
The Crown Season 4 trailer gave a glimpse of Corrin wearing Princess Diana’s iconic silk gown. It was the scene when the People’s Princess was preparing to marry Prince Charles in their unforgettable 1981 royal wedding.
“Something as important as the monarchy simply cannot be allowed to fail,” Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) narrated in the background while horseback riding.
It also gave a glimpse of Gillian Anderson’s role as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The scene then switched to the Princess of Wales, surrounded by fans and paparazzi. Later, she was seen from the back, wearing the renowned wedding gown while slowly walking toward the door.
Princess Diana’s infamous wedding gown
Elizabeth Emanuel, one half of the duo who designed the dress, revealed the story behind the renowned wedding dress.
“It was all about drama and making Diana a fairytale princess,” she told Vogue. “The gown was typical of early ’80s style – overblown, romantic, flouncy.”
However, they understood they had to get it right “because they knew it would go down in history.”
Hence, the pressure was on for Elizabeth and her then-partner, David, to make the dress perfect.
“It was almost an extension of our final show,” she continued.
At the time, they were only fresh fashion college graduate, forming their namesake brand, Emanuel.
They then had been thrust into the spotlight, tasked to do one of the most important “British fashion commissions of all time.”
The work quickly resulted in a close bond between the Emanuels and Princess Diana.