Princess Diana’s wedding dressmaker and host of Britain’s new version of Say Yes to the Dress, David Emanuel, offered his thoughts on Pippa Middleton’s wedding day look in a new interview with Express.co.uk. And it sounds like, if he had it his way, he’d design a wedding dress for Pippa that’s nothing like that of sister Duchess Catherine’s Alexander McQueen dress or Princess Diana’s dress—the gown that launched Emanuel’s career.
“As long as it’s the complete opposite of her sister, because she’s a different woman, she’s a different body shape,” he says. “I’d keep it very soft because I think Catherine’s dress was quite rigid and quite hard, so just the complete opposite, and you shouldn’t compare brides. You shouldn’t compare women, really.”
Ever since Pippa’s engagement to hedge fund manager James Matthews in mid-July, there’s been nonstop chatter surrounding the details of their upcoming wedding—everything from whether or not Prince George will be a page boy (yes, please!) to how on earth Pippa will top the elegant sheath dress she wore as maid of honor to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in their 2011 wedding. But one opinion we do trust is Emanuel’s, who envisions Pippa looking “soft and romantic” in “metres and metres of soft silk chiffon.”
Emanuel has dressed high-profile beauties like Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Seymour, and, most famously, pulled out all the stops in 1981 to create Princess Di’s iconic gown. Much to the media’s surprise, Lady Diana chose the husband-wife Emanuel duo to design her wedding dress, a dress which brought them fully into the spotlight as designers.
The ivory ball gown flaunted silk taffeta and antique lace, voluminous sleeves, 10,000 pearls and sequins, and a whopping 25-foot train, and was seen by more than 700 billion television viewers when she wed Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
As of now, we’re not sure who the lucky designer of Pippa’s dress will be—maybe someone she’s worn and loved before, like Alice Temperley or Emilia Wickstead. But we do know we can’t wait to see what she wears down the aisle, and you can bet we’ll be on the lookout until then.