David Emanuel trained at the Cardiff College of Art, and
then studied at the Royal College of Art from 1975-77.
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, David
Emanuel has been heralded as a couturier of international
stature. The Welsh designer became a leading figure in the
early 1980s fashion scene, and became famous for creating
the wedding dress for Diana, Princess of Wales.
From his initial time under the design house of Emanuel from
1977 to 1989, he has designed clothes for royalty in Britain
and Europe, and for public figures including Joan Collins,
Shirley Bassey, Faye Dunaway, Patsy Kensit, Lesley Garrett
and Elizabeth Taylor.
In 1981 David was commissioned to co-design the wedding
dress for Diana, Princess of Wales. The dress was seen by
over 700 million people worldwide, and incorporated ivory
silk, pure taffeta, lace, a 25ft train and 10,000 pearls and
sequins. David continued to dress her for private and public
engagements following her wedding.
His own label, David Emanuel Couture, was established in
1990. Since then he has offered clients an exclusive and
personal service at his private suite at the Lanesborough
Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.
"I want my clients to know I'm there from my first sketch to
the final creation," he says. "After which I offer advice on
accessories, hair and make-up. My clients know I'm on their
side and that I want them to look and feel their very best."
Rather than producing vast off-the-peg creations, David
Emanuel specialises in tailored, individual chic designs,
from simple daywear to evening dresses and bridal wear.
He also has a career in the media, contributing to and
presenting TV and radio programmes in a number of countries,
including appearances for BBC Wales. He writes a weekly
style column for the Western Mail newspaper.
David has also designed sets and costumes for ballet,
theatre and television productions, including Cinderella at
the London Palladium and Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus
for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden. Additionally, he has
branched into photography, including a session with
Elizabeth Taylor for the Sunday Times.
Books:A Dress for Diana, July 2006