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'The Crown' shares glimpse of Emma Corrin in Princess Diana's wedding dress: 'It's a complete replica'

The new season of the royal TV biopic will feature the 1981 nuptials of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer

Emma Corrin in a replica of Princess Diana's wedding dress for season four of 'The Crown'. Instagram / Emma Corrin
Emma Corrin in a replica of Princess Diana's wedding dress for season four of 'The Crown'. Instagram / Emma Corrin

It was the dress that stole headlines in 1981, and now it's at it again.

The makers of The Crown have revealed a look at their version of Princess Diana's famed wedding gown, as worn by actress Emma Corrin.

The star will wear the dress in the fourth season of Netflix's acclaimed royal biopic, which is set to hit the streaming platform next month.

The next chapter of the series, which stars Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, will feature the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, among other events in the royal family's history.

For the on-screen nuptials, costume designer Amy Roberts crafted an almost-identical rendition of the late royal's taffeta and lace gown, which was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

"Emmy Award-winning costume designer Amy Roberts wanted to capture the same spirit and style of David and Elizabeth Emanuel’s original design, without creating a replica for Emma Corrin," the Twitter account for The Crown revealed.

Corrin, however, told the latest issue of Glass magazine that the design was a "complete replica".

“One of the most iconic things was the wedding dress – that was an insane moment,” Corrin, 24, said of filming the fourth season.

“The Emanuels, who designed her wedding dress, came in and gave [the wardrobe design team] all the original designs, so it was a complete replica."

Images released last month gave fans a brief glimpse of Corrin as Princess Diana, as well as Gillian Anderson’s debut as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Corrin “immediately captivated” casting directors, show creator Peter Morgan revealed in a statement announcing her appointment, while the recently graduated actress said she was “beyond excited and honoured” to win the role.

“I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal,” said Corrin, who to date has only appeared in one televised show, a single episode of Grantchester in 2019.

Newcomer Emma Corrin stars as Princess Diana in season four of ‘The Crown’. Netflix 
Newcomer Emma Corrin stars as Princess Diana in season four of ‘The Crown’. Courtesy Netflix

The fourth season of The Crown, which charts Queen Elizabeth II's long-standing reign, will be available to stream on Netflix on Sunday, November 15.

Tobias Menzies will reprise his role as Prince Philip, while Josh O'Connor plays Prince Charles.

Season four is set during the late 1970s, as the Queen looks to safeguard the line of succession by ensuring Charles marries. The series will also touch on the Falklands War, and will explore growing tension between Queen Elizabeth II and Thatcher.

Updated: October 5, 2020 07:16 PM

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