Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Secular Cult of Relics

A fascinating phenomenon described by the Times:
From today, anyone with £1,000 to hand and a serious enthusiasm for Diana memorabilia can purchase a contemporary relic: a fragment of the silk used for the princess’s wedding dress.
David and Elizabeth Emanuel, the British designers who created the dress for the eleborate ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981, promise that this will bring the buyer “a step closer to the woman who is still alive to so many throughout the world”.
The fabric has been cut into 1,000 swatches of roughly four square inches, to go with every copy of A Dress for Diana, a lavish coffee-table account of the Emanuels’ best-known assignment. If all 1,000 sell, the venture could realise £1 million.
Publicity material for the sale claims: “We are able to step back in time, join that shy young girl as she made her hesitant way down the aisle in front of millions of people watching, as she took step after dainty step to meet her future, as dramatic and tumultuous as that proved to be.”
The offcuts from the dress and the remnants of the bolt of silk that was used to make it have been kept in a bank vault for most of the 26 years that have passed since the Royal Wedding.


MMajor Fan said...

I'll stick with my cheaper and much more fun baseball cards, some of which include a swatch of a game worn uniform! Fun and cool but not a relic ;-)

Jane said...

And people think relics of saints are weird...why?

Marissa said...


Zadok, at least a swatch of silk from the dress of the Princess of Wales has some class! Wasn't it Britney Spears whose wad of chewing gum was auctioned on e-Bay?