Princess Diana’s dresses go on display at Kensington Palace

Diana: Her Fashion Story charts the Princess of Wales’ evolution as a style icon


22 Feb 2017

Twenty years after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, a new exhibition and temporary garden opens at Kensington Palace this week, celebrating her glamourous and trend-setting style. The show, Diana: Her Fashion Story, traces the evolution of the Princess’s fashion with numerous exhibits plucked from her wardrobe, including dazzling evening dresses and the chic suits that made up her ‘working wardrobe’ in the 1990s. The displays also include a number sketch designs that led to the creation of some of her most memorable outfits.

Highlights of the exhibition include the pale pink Emanuel blouse worn for Diana’s engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981 and Victor Edelstein’s ink blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta. Complementing the show, the garden at Kensington Palace will be planted with flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style.

‘Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most photographed women in the world, and every fashion choice she made was closely scrutinised,’ said Eleri Lynn, curator of the exhibition. ‘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 Friday and runs throughout 2017. For more information, visit the Kensington Palace website.

A curator with a 1991 Versace ice-blue silk gown with beading worn for a Harper’s Bazaar photoshoot (Getty)

A brown tweed day suit designed by Bill Pashley and worn by Diana on her honeymoon in Balmoral in 1981 (Getty)

Catherine Walker, blue chiffon Grace Kelly dress

Princess Diana at an event in Washington DC (Getty)

Catherine Walker Falcon dress

Catherine Walker, green sequin ‘mermaid’ dress