You know there's nothing I like better than a great Metamorphosis... I especially love transforming furniture ... today I have a different metamorphosis to share with you.
It's actually a love story....
The transformation of this little girl...
to a sweet and beautiful princess that the world fell in love with!
I attended, Diana... A Celebration. This exhibit was featured at the Atlanta Civic Center and it was a glorious and enchanting look into Princess Diana's world.
From her enchanted wedding dress:
· In keeping with tradition, most of the materials used in Diana’s royal wedding dress were made in Britain.
· The dress is a romantic, fairy-tale gown made of ivory silk taffeta and lace, with a fitted, boned bodice, curved neckline and a detailed finish.
· The wedding gown has a full skirt over a multi-layered, tulle petticoat, with intricately designed bodice panels. The entire gown is hand-embroidered with more that 10,000 tiny mother-of-pearl sequins and pearls.
· The 25-foot silk train is the longest in Royal history and adds a touch of theatricality to the outfit. It has been called the dress of the century.
· The dress was made of six different fabrics including 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of tulle crinoline and 150 yards of netting for the veil.
Other Interesting Facts:
· Diana’s five bridesmaids also wore dresses of ivory silk, modeled closely on her gown.
· Diana observed tradition by wearing old antique lace, new silk specially spun at Lullington silk farm in Dorset, a borrowed tiara from the Spencer family collection, and a small blue bow, sewn into the waistband of her dress for luck.
· A tiny horseshoe in 18-karat gold and studded with white diamonds, a second good luck token, was also sewn into the intricately embroidered dress.
· Diana’s low-heeled slippers were made of ivory silk, top-stitched with pearls and sequins, with suede soles etched in gold.
· The bride carried a cascade of gardenias and golden Mountbatten roses, named after Charles’ godfather, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and mixed with white orchids, lilies-of-the-valley and freesias. The bouquet also included traditional myrtle and veronica flowers, cut from bushes grown from cuttings from Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet.
Her tiara and other royal jewels were equally inspiring...
The evening gown gallery:
There was much to see and read as well as film strips of Diana in all stages of her life.
If she "touched" you as much as she did me, this is a beautiful and very personal insight into her world and a MUST SEE exhibit if you are in the Atlanta area.
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