It's been called "the most closely guarded secret in fashion history." The details of Princess Diana's wedding dress for her June 29, 1981 nuptials to Prince Charles were so hush-hush, they were distributed to the press in sealed envelopes only to be opened at the exact moment the bride stepped into her coach bound for St. Paul's Cathedral. The designers, David and Elizabeth Emanuel, made a spare just in case the design was leaked. Today, the puff-sleeved confection is one of the most famous (albeit devisive) wedding gowns of all time, but, back in 1981, most reporters got their first glimpse of it (and the rest of the wedding party outfits) on a slip of paper. Here, those sketches and their real-life counterparts.DIANA'S DRESS — THE SKETCH DIANA'S DRESS — THE REAL THING DIANA'S SLIPPERS — THE SKETCH William Thomas Cain/Getty Images DIANA'S SLIPPERS — THE REAL THING LADY SARAH ARMSTRONG-JONES' DRESS — THE SKETCH Keystone/Getty Images LADY SARAH ARMSTRONG-JONES' DRESS — THE REAL THING QUEEN ELIZABETH'S DRESS — THE SKETCH Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images QUEEN ELIZABETH'S DRESS — THE REAL THING FRANCES SHAND KYDD'S DRESS — THE SKETCH Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images FRANCES SHAND KYDD'S DRESS — THE REAL THING
PRINCESS ELIZABETH'S DRESS
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