Fashion sketches by one of Princess Diana’s favorite designers have gone on display at Kensington Palace in an intimate exhibition honoring the late princess and her style. The eight intricate sketches by David Sassoon include designs for the going away outfit that the princess wore after her 1981 wedding, a maternity dress she wore while pregnant with Prince William in 1982, and an evening gown for a 1991 premiere.
The show is a successor to the exhibit “Diana: Her Fashion Story,” which closed February 17 after two years and more than one million visitors. “The princess lived at the palace for sixteen years and regularly met designers there, poring over sketches and collaborating on the creation of bespoke garments,” said Matthew Storey, curator at Historic Royal Palaces. “We are delighted to be able to show a small element of that creative process at the palace today, with this collection of sketches and of course—the finished product—a striking evening gown.”
The sketches, which also show Diana’s annotations, will be changed every six months to show a variety of designs created for the late princess. The eight displayed initially are Diana’s going away suit from 1981; a chiffon maternity dress from 1982; a red velvet maternity dress from 1982; a dress for a tour of Australia in 1983; an outfit for a tour of Norway in 1984; a suit from 1986; an evening dress from 1990; and an evening dress worn in 1991.