No series on Iconic Brides would be complete without Princess Diana, would it? While the cold light of 2007 can make her 1981 wedding gown look just a little bit dated, there’s no denying that it was the iconic dress of its time, and certainly a dress fit for a Princess. Made by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel, the gown was made of ivory silk and taffeta and featured 10,000 hand-sewn pearls and sequins. It also had a 25-foot-train, and drew gasps from the crowd as Diana entered Westminster Abbey.
In case of accidental damage to the dress, a replica was also made, which was available to Diana on the morning of the wedding. It was put up for auction in 2005, selling to an anonymous bidder for $175,000.