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Dress Parade

by | 17th, November 2005

‘IT’S not just toadying, self-serving butlers who can fondle one of the late Princess Diana’s dresses. Now you too can own one of the great lady’s gowns.

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And it’s not just any old dress. As the Mail says (“War of Diana’s dress”), Madame Tussauds is putting up for auction an exact replica of the wedding dress worn by Di all those moons ago.

The dress was made at Di’s behest, in case anything happened to the original on her big day (Express) or to go on display the day after the wedding at the waxwork museum (Mail).

Now Madame Tussaud’s says the dress is gathering dust and might as well be sold.

But not everyone is happy. Elizabeth Emanuel, who along with her then husband David made the enormously fussy silk and taffeta meringue, will not be among the bidders. (The dress is expected to sell for more than £50,000.)

“The Princess hoped it would be a small piece of history that would be put on display for the world to enjoy,” says Elizabeth. “It’s like they are selling off the family silver.”

“Why can’t they just donate it to a museum? I’m sure there are others who old appreciate it.”

Indeed. What butler, drag queen or Diana fetishists wouldn’t want to own such an item?’

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