FASHION designer Elizabeth Emanuel, best known for her work at the 1981 wedding of Princess Diana, is to take part a major exhibition at Blenheim Palace.

Passion for Fashion - 300 years of style will open on Sunday, February 12 at the stately home in Woodstock.

The exhibition is a celebration of three centuries of Blenheim-related fashion and style. and Ms Emanuel will allow items from her personal archive to be on display for the first time.

And the dress-making process for Princess Diana’s wedding dress will be documented from initial sketches and designs, right up to the finished article.

The late Princess of Wales was one of four Lady Diana Spencers related to the Duke of Marlborough and his family.

Ms Emanuel said: "I am delighted to be able to lend such precious items which were an integral and important part of the making of the Royal wedding dress. It will be lovely to see them displayed for visitors to see at the palace.

"The exhibition marks the start of an exciting year as I am looking forward to the launch of my new brand later in 2017."

The designer’s artefacts will be surrounded by the palace’s own collections and displayed alongside 18th, 19th and 20th century items of clothing, shoes and accessories on loan from the Hereford Museum and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

There will be displays in 11 separate locations throughout the palace and there will be a special digital display featuring the recent Dior S/S17 Cruise collection catwalk show which took place in the State Rooms in May last year.