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