Diana: Her Fashion Story

It's hard to believe that this August marks the 20 year anniversary of the tragic death of Princess Diana. There will be many memorials taking place to mark the occasion, including a statue in her honour being erected in the gardens of Kensington Palace.

Also opening at Kensington Palace is a fashion exhibition to pay homage to the trendsetter that she became from the minute she made her first public appearances in 1981. Diana: Her Fashion Story opens on 24th February and will look back through the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life, which allowed her to engage and inspire people, and to champion the causes she cared about.
 

Emmanuel Engagement Blouse

Emmanuel Engagement Blouse

On display will be many exquisite garments, ranging from glamorous evening gowns from the 1980s to the chic Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana’s ‘working wardrobe’ in the 1990s. The Princess’s relationship with her favourite designers will be explored through a display of some of their original fashion sketches, created for her during the design process. The exhibition will include the pale pink Emanuel blouse worn for Diana’s engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981, and Victor Edelstein’s iconic ink blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta. 

'Travolta' dress - ink blue velvet Victor Edelstein

'Travolta' dress - ink blue velvet Victor Edelstein

Eleri Lynn, curator of 'Diana: Her Fashion Story', said,

"Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most photographed women in the world, and every fashion choice she made was closely scrutinised. Our exhibition explores the story of a young woman who had to quickly learn the rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, who in the process put the spotlight on the British fashion industry and designers."
 

'Diana: Her Fashion Story' opens on 24th February 2017