A Fashion Story Behind The People's Princess

Twenty years after her tragic death, Kensington Palace has created an unmissable event to mark the influential life and style of one of the most photographed women in the world.

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the death of Diana, the Princess of Wales, Kensington Palace is set to host an incredible new exhibition celebrating the the well-documented life of such a empowering public figure. Diana: Her Fashion Story will showcase her life not through well-known images of the Princess, but instead through the dresses worn in some of her most famous public appearances. The exhibition will follow how her style evolved throughout her public life from the beginning of the nation’s love of The People’s Princess.

Eldridge Lynn, curator of the exhibition, remarks, “our exhibition explores the story of a young woman who had to quickly learn rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, who in the process put the spotlight on the British fashion industry and designers. We see her growing in confidence throughout her life, increasingly taking control of how she was represented, and intelligently communicating through her clothes.”

A muse of Christian Louboutin, the late royal is said to be responsible for two of his most ionic designs- the Love style and cleavage shoes. “It was Diana dancing with John Travolta who inspired me” explains Louboutin. “She was wearing these really bad English shoes and they showed half her toes. It looked tacky, but so good somehow. She had that naughtiness and it was appearing subconsciously.”

Diana’s demure and elegant style was scrutinised at every level, but thoroughly influential Still noted as inspiring today’s fashion crowd, her presence was felt in many Spring/Summer 2017 collections during Fashion Week, including through ruffle dresses at Mulberry and puffy-sleeve jumpers with trench coats at Burberry.

“They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?” Diana once said. Independent, distinctive and beautifully styled in every manner, catch this must-see exhibition until the 28th February 2018 at Kensington Palace. Accompanied by a White Garden in the Palace grounds to mark 20 years since Diana’s death, this is well worth the trip, with tickets starting from £19. 

Dress like an icon: The Diana Edit