The exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story, is set to re-open at Kensington Palace, the former London home of Diana, Princess of Wales.
The unique exhibit, tracing 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”, first opened last year, with a collection of 28 outfits.
Crowds flocked to the satorial honouring of the late Princess – and it proved a sell-out success.
And it looks as though that popularity is set to continue. Now, Historical Royal Palaces have announced that Prince Harry and Prince William have chosen to showcase eight more of their mother’s most iconic looks, as the exhibit re-opens today (26th April). Buy tickets here.
Amongst the new outfits will be some of the late Princess’ most iconic looks – and those that chart her rise to one of the most iconic women in the world.
Diana underwent a huge fashion transformation throughout her years. Following her marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales, the former Lady Diana Spencer’s style underwent rapid changes as ‘Shy Di’ metamorphosed into ‘Dynasty Di’, replacing her teenage honeymooner’s uniform of knitwear and tweed with statement-shouldered lamé, velvet and satin showstoppers.
Encouraged by designers Bruce Oldfield and Catherine Walker, with whom she worked closely, Diana set the agenda for 1980s style, donning priceless chokers as flapper-style headpieces and tossing elegant strings of pearls down her equally elegant back.
Post-separation, and relieved of the obligation to shore up the British economy by shirking the wares of international designers, Diana’s style underwent a second revolution, as the Princess re-emerged from her royal cocoon clad in rainbow bright, bodycon designs by the likes of Gianni Versace and raised admiring eyebrows, as well as hemlines, in her instantly iconic take on the little black dress (quickly dubbed ‘The Revenge Dress’).
So which outfits of Diana’s will we be seeing in the re-opened exhibit?
Perhaps one of the most iconic looks of the Princess’ entire back catalogue, the outfit Diana wore to visit the landmine fields in Angola will be going on display in the new exhibition.
The memorable day saw Diana cement her status as a woman keen to make a difference, – with many onlookers surprised by her visit to such a dangerous area. So it’s certainly one of her most meaningful looks.
It will be the first time Diana’s outfit at the site has been displayed in public.
Another highly-anticipated dress of the late Princess’ will be featuring in the exhibits collection.
This pink number, by one of the Princess’ favourite designers, David Sassoon, was worn by Diana as she headed to board the Royal Yacht Britannia, to begin her honeymoon with Prince Charles, in 1981.
Princess Diana turned to one of her favourite designers for this gorgeous, two-tone design.
The Princess wowed fans across the world with the stylish look, as she headed to an event at the Royal Albert Hall.
Post-divorce, Diana began her style metamorphosis in 1996. Here, she is dressed in a striking purple gown designed by one of her close friends, Gianna Versace, marking a turning point in her fashion journey. It’s reported that Diana convinced Versace to create a new-look dress for her – which became a huge trend in the mid-late 90s.
Diana wowed crowds in 1983, as she, Prince Charles, and their 10-month old son Prince William, headed off on their first royal tour together as a family.
Diana opted for this chic Catherine Walker gown as she stepped off the plane in New Zealand – and it set the tone for many of her royal looks to come.
Also set to be on show at the exhibit is this impressive Victor Edelstein gown – which Diana wore for a set of official portraits. After the Princess wore it, the style was quickly dubbed ‘Princess-style’, because of its extravagant but opulent design.
Princess Diana stuck strictly to royal protocol during her 1982 visit to the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland, an annual royal event.
But while the Caroline Charles tartan dress was traditional, Diana adapted it for her unique style with a stand-out white collar, and matching cuffs.