In a new video, the curators of the new style exhibit at Kensington Palace share secrets from the royals' favorite designers

By Simon Perry
Updated February 16, 2016 12:15 PM
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Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret each changed fashion in her own way – and now a new exhibition is exploring their influence.

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The curators of Fashion Rules: Restyled at Diana’s former London home, Kensington Palace, offer an inside look at some of the world’s most iconic royal styles in a new video.

Featuring a close look at everything from the spectacular detailing on one of the Queen’s dresses to the full grandeur of Diana’s gowns, the video opens the door to the exhibit, which opened February 11.

With a particular focus on one of Diana’s principle designers, Catherine Walker (who created an astonishing 500 outfits for her beginning in 1981), curator Libby Thompson praises the gowns as “dignified showstoppers.”

Diana, who died in 1997, remains a huge draw for visitors to the public areas of the palace as they expect to feel that the princess is a “presence here,” Thompson told PEOPLE at the opening of “Fashion Rules: Restyled” last week.

And for the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, her favorite choice of Christian Dior was cemented on a trip to Paris in 1949. Soon after, she adopted the “New Look” of “nipped-in waist and full skirt that she became famous for,” Thompson adds. “She became a fashion icon at the time.”

The show also focuses on the Queen, 89, and how English designer Hardy Amies came up with what he called, a “crisp, understated look” that was in keeping with her royal work, Thompson adds.