“Princess Diana’s Priceless David Emanuel Gown”
Ever since Lady Di stepped out of her carriage to wed Prince Charles in 1981, her grandiose Victorian-style gown has remained the tulle that bridal legends are made of. The 250-yard lace, tulle and ivory silk taffeta gown, with over 10,000 pearls and sequins covering its layers upon layers of fabric and an equally grand 25-foot-long train to boot, garnered plenty of attention during its world tour last year. Even though poufy sleeves went out with shoulder pads decades ago, the dramatic gown is as enchanting today as it was back in the ’80s — and you can’t put a price tag on that sort of timeless appeal. So here are our calculations: Runway-worthy fabric: $43,000. A modern-day remake of an iconic princess gown: $400,000. A diamond-doused showstopper: $12 million. A gown that will forever remain at the pinnacle of brides’ imaginations: priceless.