Next year will mark the 20th anniversary to the day, and to commemorate, Kensington Palace has announced that it will stage a special exhibition in her honor, titled Diana: Her Fashion Story.
“The exhibition will bring together an extraordinary collection of garments, ranging from the glamorous evening gowns worn on engagements in the Eighties, to the chic Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana’s working wardrobe in the Nineties,” read the official press release. “The Princess’s relationship with her favourite designers will also be explored through a display of some of their original fashion sketches, created for her during the design process.”
Highlights from the show are said to include the pink Emanuel blouse Diana wore for her engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981 and the Victor Edelstein velvet gown which she wore at the White House when she famously danced with John Travolta.
The royal residence, which was the Princess’s London home for 15 years, will also see the gardens transformed, as an additional element of the exhibition, which will mark 20 years since her tragic death. The temporary White Garden will feature “flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style”, including tulips, narcisii, forget-me-nots, English white roses, ornamental grasses, Cosmos daisies and “billows of graceful Gaura”.
“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.,” said Eleri Lynn, curator of the exhibition. “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.”
Diana: Her Fashion Story opens February 24 2017.