From her first public appearances in 1981, Diana, Princess of Wales, captivated the world’s attention as a princess, as a trendsetter and as a patron and advocate of charities. Twenty years on from her death, a new exhibition and temporary garden celebrating her life will be opened at Kensington Palace, her home for over 15 years.
“Diana: Her Fashion Story” Opens 24 February 2017.
An exhibition will celebrate the fashion style of Princess Diana, on the 20th anniversary of her death. Diana: Her Fashion Story will open at Kensington palace, her home for 15 years, on 24 February 2017.
The organisers say in a statement that the exhibition will “bring together an extraordinary collection of garments ranging from the glamorous evening gowns worn on engagements in the 80s, to the chic Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana’s working wardrobe in the 90s”.
The princess continues to be a stylistic inspiration, with Rihanna, Asos and the Princess Diana Forever Instagram page all paying tribute. The pie-crust collar, popularised by Diana, was resurrected by Alexa Chung for her first collection for M&S earlier this year.
The exhibition’s curator, Eleri Lynn, told Vogue: “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.”
The collection will explore Diana’s “relationship with her favourite designers” via some original outfit sketches. Outfits on display will include the Victor Edelstein blue velvet dress she worn at the White House where she famously danced with John Travolta and the pale pink Emanuel blouse she wore for her 1981 engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon. Both Prince Harry and William are believed to have given the exhibition their blessing.
As well as the exhibition, Kensington Gardens will be restyled to feature flowers and foliage inspired by Diana’s life and style. They will include tulips, scented narcissi and white English roses.
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