Day­wear and dresses of a stylish princess

Looks at Diana: Her Fash­ion Story, an ex­hi­bi­tion at Kens­ing­ton Palace

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ANEW ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the life of Diana, Princess of Wales and look­ing at the clothes she wore which made her a world­wide fash­ion icon will be held at Kens­ing­ton Palace.

Diana: Her Fash­ion Story will fea­ture some of her most fa­mous dresses, in­clud­ing the blue vel­vet gown worn when she mem­o­rably danced with ac­tor John Tra­volta at The White House.

It will trace 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, and open on Fe­bru­ary 24 2017 at the palace which was her home for 15 years.

A tem­po­rary gar­den cel­e­brat­ing her life will also be opened to com­pli­ment the fash­ion dis­play, as the 20th an­niver­sary of her tragic death nears.

Re­plac­ing the Fash­ion Rules ex­hi­bi­tion in the Pig­gott Gallery, Diana: Her Fash­ion Story will dis­play ex­quis­ite and cel­e­brated out­fits from through­out the Princess’s public life.

It will bring to­gether an ex­tra­or­di­nary col­lec­tion of gar­ments, rang­ing from the glam­orous evening gowns worn on en­gage­ments in the 1980s, to the chic Cather­ine Walker suits that made up Diana’s ‘work­ing wardrobe’ in the 1990s.

It will also ex­plore Diana’s re­la­tion­ship with her favourite de­sign­ers through a dis­play of some of their orig­i­nal fash­ion sketches, cre­ated for her dur­ing the de­sign process, and ex­plore how she nav­i­gated her unique po­si­tion in the public eye – learn­ing to use her im­age to en­gage and in­spire peo­ple, and to cham­pion the causes she cared about.

Ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights will also in­clude the pale pink Emanuel blouse worn for Diana’s en­gage­ment por­trait by Lord Snowdon in 1981 and a blue tar­tan Emanuel suit, worn for an of­fi­cial visit to Venice in the 1980s, which 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 at auc­tion by His­toric Royal Palaces, the char­ity re­spon­si­ble for Kens­ing­ton Palace.

The his­toric Sunken Gar­den, a Palace favourite of the Princess, will also be trans­formed into a tem­po­rary White gar­den to com­ple­ment the fash­ion ex­hi­bi­tion.

It will be planted with flow­ers and fo­liage in­spired by mem­o­ries of the her life, im­age and style.

Diana: Her Fash­ion Story curator Eleri Lynn: “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, and we hope many vis­i­tors will join us next year, to get a closer look at some of Diana’s most iconic out­fits, on dis­play in her for­mer home.”

DRESSES TO IM­PRESS: The mid­night blue dress worn by Diana when she danced with John Tra­volta at the White House; Diana’s day­wear that she wore on an of­fi­cial visit to Venice in 1985; Diana, Princess of Wales in London; and New York

STYLE ICON: The Princess of Wales with Nancy Rea­gan at the White House in 1985

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