A fabulous exhibition of fashion icon Princess Diana’s stunning outfits is set to explores her public style at her former home, Kensington Palace.
Diana: Her Fashion Story will celebrate her life by tracing the evolution of the her style, from the demure outfits of her first public appearances as a soon-to-be-princess to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life.
Opening on February 24, the exhibition shows how everything Princess Diana wore was scrutinised, and explores how she navigated her unique position in the public eye, learning to use her image to engage and inspire people, and to champion causes.
Exhibition curator Eleri Lynn, says: “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.
“We see her growing in confidence throughout her life, increasingly taking control of how she was represented, and intelligently communicating through her clothes. This is a story many women around the world can relate to.”
Exhibition highlights 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. A blue tartan Emanuel suit, worn for an official visit to Venice in the 1980s, will go on display in public for the first time. The suit, a rare survival of the Princess’s daywear, was only recently rediscovered and acquired by Historic Royal Palaces – the charity responsible for Kensington Palace – at auction.
While in residence at Kensington Palace, the Princess admired the changing floral displays in the historic Sunken Garden and would often stop to talk to the gardeners who care for it. In 2017, the gardeners at Kensington will dedicate the new planting in the garden to Diana, creating a temporary White Garden.