THIS WEEK I’M VISITIING... DIANA: THE FASH­ION STORY

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

Mark­ing 20 years since her death, Kens­ing­ton Palace houses the lat­est must-see fash­ion ex­hi­bi­tion giv­ing vis­i­tors un­prece­dented ac­cess into the wardrobe of the Peo­ple’s Princess. Only af­ter I had vis­ited the ex­hi­bi­tion did I query why her clothes have not been on pub­lic dis­play in the past. Diana was one of the most pho­tographed women of the world, so at­ten­tion to de­tail was vi­tal as was the fash­ion choices that were so closely scru­ti­nised in the press. Diana had to learn quickly the rules of royal and diplo­matic dress­ing, in the process launch­ing the ca­reers of new Bri­tish de­sign­ers and giv­ing Bri­tish fash­ion a global spot­light. See­ing her wardrobe up close high­lights the time­less style and el­e­gance that her clothes em­bod­ied. Al­though the ex­hi­bi­tion is small, it leaves you pon­der­ing just what Diana would have looked like had she sur­vived, and won­der­ing what new Bri­tish de­sign­ers she would have cho­sen to show­case.

If you do man­age to get a ticket (they’re sell­ing out quick) make time to study the dis­play of orig­i­nal fash­ion sketches, cre­ated for Diana dur­ing the de­sign process. They’re pieces of art in their own right.

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