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Remembering Prince Charles and Lady Diana's Royal Wedding (and That Dress!) – 35 Years Later

Thirty-five years ago today, a beautiful young woman named Lady Diana Spencer walked down the aisle at St Paul's Cathedral to wed Prince Charles in what was dubbed the "wedding of the century."

The July 29, 1981 ceremony was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million. And a crowd of two million lined the route of Diana's procession from Clarence House to the cathedral to catch a glimpse of the stunning bride.

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From start to finish, the wedding was every bit the fairy tale. The princess bride arrived to the ceremony in a glass couch, one of the principal horse-drawn carriages of the British monarch built in 1881.

Despite the pomp and circumstance that surrounded the traditional event, the modern bride did make one notable change to the ceremony. Diana did not promise to "obey" Charles as part of the traditional vows. She promised to "love, comfort, honor and keep." The word "obey" was eliminated at the couple's request, which caused a sensation at the time. (Princess Kate followed Diana's lead in her wedding vows to Prince William, in which she also ditched the word "obey.")

It was Diana's wedding prom dress that stole much of the spotlight that day. Valued at $12,000 (equivalent to $41,000 today), the stunning gown, which was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, was made of ivory silk taffeta and embellished with lace, hand embroidery, sequins and 10,000 pearls.

The epic train was made of ivory taffeta and antique lace. (The lace used to trim the dress had belonged to Queen Mary.) She topped her bridal look off with the Spencer family heirloom tiara. Charles looked dashing beside his bride in his full dress naval commander uniform.

Diana's dream occasion dresses set quite the trend. Large puffed sleeves and a full skirt became popular requests among brides around the world.

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Comic-Con Makes a Fashion Statement

It won’t be joining New York, London, Milan and Paris on the official fashion month schedule any time soon, but San Diego, perhaps best known for annually hosting over 130,000 comic book fans who descend on the city during Comic-Con International each July, is the unlikely epicenter of a fashion movement that has achieved every supervillain’s dream of taking over the world.

To be specific: wearable pop culture.There is a lingering assumption that comic convention attire involves one of two things: revealing costumes (for women) or sweat-stained T-shirts (for men). Despite the sprinkling of stardust provided by boldface names like Cara Delevingne and Scarlett Johansson, who were here to promote their latest movies, these gatherings are rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same breath as “real” fashion.But it was fashion — and decidedly not costumes — that took center stage on Thursday evening at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel during this year’s Comic-Con, where the Her Universe Fashion Show, a competitive event reminiscent of “Project Runway,” involved 27 designers debuting pop-culture-inspired ensembles that would not have looked out of place during John Galliano-era Dior or Lee McQueen-era Alexander McQueen.Just as at the Met Gala in May, technology was a visible theme, albeit technology inspired by fantasy.

One marieprom dress, an elegantly draped cream concoction, was decorated with illustrations using thermo-chromatic pigment, which disappeared when it reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit, the better to evoke a magical map with vanishing ink from the Harry Potterseries.Other designs brought to mind Zac Posen’s luminous Met Gala gown by incorporating lights. “I had already designed it before I saw the Zac Posen,” one designer, Lynne Marie Martens, said of her creation, a mille-feuille of a dress inspired by “Doctor Who” and featuring hundreds of twinkling lights.Photo

Laura Cristina Ortiz’s 1980s-style cocktail dress and shrug inspired by the Disney Pixar film “Wall-E.”CreditJake Michaels for The New York TimesMr. Posen’s dress did prompt the 29-year-old Ms. Martens to explore using fiber-optic fabric, although at around $100 for just a few yards, it was prohibitively expensive for her version, which had 80 yards of tulle.Instead, she used individually addressable LED lights, meaning she could program the color of each one separately, as well as the pattern and speed at which the lights blinked. “I worked with a programmer who wrote the code for me,” she said.

Laura Cristina Ortiz, 27, who took time off from her day job as a costume assistant on the coming Fox television series “Lethal Weapon” to participate in the show, created a 1980s-style cocktail dress and shrug inspired by the Disney Pixar film “Wall-E,” a dystopian tale about a trash-collecting robot abandoned on an uninhabitable planet Earth.Ms. Ortiz incorporated a dizzying amount of recycled material into the design, including cardboard, crepe paper, soda cans, plastic bottles, an Ikea bag and even a cable stripped out of an iPhone, which was used to lace up the bodice at the back.The fashion show, which is in its third year, is the brainchild of the voice actress Ashley Eckstein. She started Her Universe, a female-oriented apparel company after which the fashion show is named, in 2010 after realizing that women who wanted to wear sci-fi-printed T-shirts were being grossly underserved. She obtained her first pop culture license from Lucasfilm (she now has several), and today Her Universe produces items like “Deadpool” leggings and Darth Vader cape dresses.Photo

Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe. She started the female-oriented apparel company in 2010 after realizing that women who wanted to wear sci-fi-printed T-shirts were being grossly underserved.CreditJake Michaels for The New York Times“We were really, to my knowledge, probably the first company in the sci-fi genre to say we don’t want the men and the boys, we only want women,” Ms. Eckstein said by telephone the day before the show, which she attended in a custom gown made out of more than 10,000 Lego bricks. “And they had to do a special contract for us at first, just to siphon out women only.”Today, “Star Wars” is a bona fide presence in fashion thanks to subsequent collaborations with brands like Rodarte, Preen and, on a charity initiative last year, Diane von Furstenberg.

Other designers (most notably Jeremy Scott) have similarly begun appropriating fondly remembered childhood throwbacks such as Barbie, Mario Brothers and Looney Tunes in their collections. Brands like Givenchy, Commes des Garçons, Lanvin and Louboutin have worked with Disney on one-off designs and capsule collections based on the studio’s classic films like “Bambi” and “Cinderella.”And in San Diego, the cosmetics brand MAC, which has collaborated with Alexander McQueen and Rihanna, has even created a sci-fi themed pop-up store directly opposite the convention center, where it is previewing itscoming “Star Trek” collection to a wholly receptive audience (on Thursday, there were lines outside before the store opened).“Pop culture really equals nostalgia, and it takes us back to our childhood,” Ms. Eckstein said, citing the current obsession with Pokémon Go as an example. “In a world right now where so many crazy things and terrible things and scary things are going on, everyone needs an escape, and everyone needs something that just gives you hope, and makes you happy.”

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Plan Board Approves Wedding Venue Permit

Earlier in the day, the Franklin County Commission approved the rezoning of her property from suburban development to nonurban and agricultural. In the evening, the planning and zoning commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit to allow special events on the same property.


“I’m so stinking excited,” Hope said.

Hope first appeared in front of the plan board at the May meeting. She requested a rezoning for the property located at 2603 Wild Plum Valley in Catawissa in order to host weddings and other special events.

Initially Hope requested a change from SD to community development — a district where she wouldn’t need a CUP to host weddings. The plan board was concerned about future applications of the CD zoning, so Hope switched to NUA knowing she’d then need a permit to host events.

At Tuesday’s meeting Hope reiterated her plans. She said she wanted a special event, periodic permit so she could host weddings and other special events.

The plan board had minimal discussion about Hope’s request. Commissioner Bill McLaren, who also operates a wedding venue, asked questions about fire protection and septic services. Satisfied with the answers, the board moved the request to old business and then unanimously approved the permit.

Future Venues

After awarding Hope’s permit the board kept talking about wedding venues. McLaren requested the board and county look into how they handle the requests.

McLaren said there’s been an influx of permit requests for wedding venues and the county should approach the requests differently. He said he would be in favor of making wedding venues an accepted use in all districts with a CUP.

With a permit, McLaren said the county would get to weigh in and apply restrictions for things like hours. Additionally, the board would see fewer requests from property owners just wanting to rezone to a district where a permit is not needed.

The other commissioners decided it was time to take a look at the wedding venues. The board scheduled a workshop for Thursday, Aug. 11, at 9 a.m. to review the process.

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