It has been 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, and although I was too young to remember her, it is easy to see the impact she had, and continues to have, on the lives of many people around the world. To mark the 20th anniversary of her death, the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition brings together a mix of iconic and everyday looks worn by the Princess.
The first room of the exhibition showcases a collection of more romantic style dresses, including a pink satin dress (far right) designed by Catherine Walker. It was worn several times by Diana, and clearly she was so taken with in, she chose to wear it in one of her official portraits with Prince Charles. Each dress or ensemble carries with it, its own story, and the guides in each room also have a lot of information on hand for the more curious!
The exhibition then moves past a selection of the original sketches by Diana’s favoured designers, and into a smaller corridor containing a few more of her most iconic looks.
The boxy blue tartan suit on the left was worn by the Princess on a visit to Venice in the 1980s; and the tweed suit on the right was designed by Bill Pashley for Diana’s honeymoon. The pink blouse in the centre of this image, however, is slightly more well-known. It was worn by Diana for her official engagement photo, taken by Lord Snowdon in 1981. The photos appeared in the February 1981 issue of Vogue, resulting in the blouse being copied by many high street brands, who sold millions within a few weeks.
The whole exhibition is very poignant, and even I, not remembering Diana at all, found it quite emotional. The quotations dotted on some of the walls showed how much she meant to many, and was loved the world over. It is such a wonderful exhibition and I would definitely recommend a visit. It falls at the beginning of the Palace experience, and I would advise pre-booking tickets, and also arriving early, to avoid waiting in queues!
For more information about the Palace, and this exhibition, head over to their website by clicking here.