Diana's dressmaker says secrecy may be key for Kate

Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:34am EST
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By Cindy Martin

LONDON (Reuters) - Security guards, a safe and a trail of false clues are some of the tactics that may be employed by whoever it is making the dress for Kate Middleton's wedding to Britain's Prince William.

Speculation is rife about which designer has been or will be given the commission for turning "Waity Katie" into a 21st century fairytale princess for her April 29th marriage to a future King of England in Westminster Abbey.

The woman who designed the dress for the marriage of William's mother Diana to his father and heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles nearly 30 years ago, told Reuters that the intense media interest may require strict security measures.

Elizabeth Emanuel and her then husband David were little more than fresh-faced college graduates when they got the call that almost every designer dreams of: a royal wedding dress.

But an official announcement from the palace telling the media they had been chosen led to overwhelming scrutiny.

"There was so much media interest, all wanting to know what the dress was going to look like and of course we couldn't say anything," Elizabeth Emanuel told Reuters this week.

She said they had to bring in security guards and put the dress in a safe every night to fend off reporters who camped out on their doorstep, gawped through their windows and rummaged through the rubbish bins looking for any clues about the dress.

"We used to leave bits of different colored threads and things to put them on the wrong track and we had to put blinds up so that people couldn't peer through the windows," Emanuel said. "And we even had a spare dress hanging up just in case somebody did discover the secret."   Continued...

<p>Designer Elizabeth Emanuel poses with her creation,a chiffon blouse worn by Lady Diana Spencer for her engagement portrait (R) by Lord Snowdon, pictured at La Galleria in London June 7, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>