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Emanuel: royal wedding dress is ‘mixed blessing’

Designer Elizabeth Emanuel has warned that the designer chosen to create the ‘dress of the century’ -queen-in-waiting Kate Middleton’s wedding dress - faces a challenge to balance fame and fortune.

The British designer, who with her then-husband David made the dress for Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles in 1981, said the chance to design Middleton’s dress for her marriage to Prince William would be a “wonderful opportunity”.

“The exposure is enormous. The whole world is fascinated by it and it is such a wonderful event,” she said.

But she warned it was a “double-edged sword” and could make it “difficult to do anything other than bridalwear.”

Emanuel was forced to sell the Elizabeth Emanuel name when she faced bankruptcy in 1997. She now owns occasionwear business Art of Being and creates wedding dresses for department store chain Bhs, part of Arcadia Group.

Frontrunners to design the dress include British designers Stewart Parvin, who has a royal warrant, Phillipa Lepley, Amanda Wakeley, Bruce Oldfield, Katherine Hooker and Daniella ‘Issa’ Helayel.

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