Designer re-creates party dress made for Lady Diana

LONDON — This is a dress with a story, and Elizabeth Emanuel wants to tell it.

Shocking pink with a plunging, ruffled neckline and body-hugging shape, the gown was designed by Emanuel for Lady Diana Spencer to wear at a Buckingham Palace party a few days before her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. It was a visual coming-out event for the future princess, until then largely known for her conservative sweater-and-pearls look.

“This was definitely not a wallflower dress,” said Emanuel, who also co-designed Diana’s wedding gown. “This was a dress to be seen in and celebrated.”

It was also soon forgotten. In an era before smartphones put a camera in everyone’s pocket and social media made private events public, the dress was mostly seen by the party guests, including Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Grace and Nancy Reagan, but no one else. Emanuel doesn’t know where it is, or even if it still exists.

So she has re-created it, out of bolts of shiny, satin taffeta cut and stitched to match the dramatic sketches she made more than 40 years ago.

Acting on an idea that took shape during Britain’s long coronavirus lockdowns, she did it for herself, for

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Taylor Swift gives an inside look at star-studded birthday party

Taylor Swift gave fans a behind-the-scenes look into her 34th birthday celebration.

Swift was photographed as she stepped out in style wearing a sparkling mini dress to celebrate turning 34 with her best friend, Blake Lively. Now she’s sharing photos of the actual party for her 278 million Instagram followers.

“Can’t believe this year… actually… happened? Thank you for all your beautiful birthday wishes yesterday,” she captioned photos of her night – which featured Lively, Gigi Hadid, Zoe Kravitz, Sabrina Carpenter and more celebs.

Swift’s longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff was also in attendance as the group presented the singer-songwriter with a cake that read, “birthday girl of the year.”

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Taylor Swift gave fans an inside look at her 34th birthday on Instagram. (Instagram: Taylor Swift)

Taylor Swift, Blake Lively and Gigi Hadid pose in a photo

Blake Lively, Gigi Hadid and Taylor Swift hug while celebrating the “Midnights” singer’s 34th birthday. (Instagram: Taylor Swift)

Swift appeared to pay homage to her “Midnights” album for the night by wearing a sequined black dress with a crescent moon and cloud pattern. Lively stayed on theme in a black leather midi with a towering pair of Christian Louboutin

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Best Golden Globes Celebrity After Party Dresses 2017

Because the night only starts once the ceremony ends. Here, all the celebs who celebrated (and changed) after the awards.

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