See the Iconic Dresses Being Brought Back to Mark 20th Anniversary of Princess Diana's Death
Princess Diana's stunning style will be celebrated next year in a special exhibition at Kensington Palace.
Princess Diana‘s stunning style will be celebrated next year in a special exhibition at Kensington Palace.
On Tuesday, the palace released new information about the exhibit, which will coincide with the 20th anniversary of her death.
“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,” the statement read. “The Princess’s relationship with her favorite designers will also be explored through a display of some of their original fashion sketches, created for her during the design process.”
Scores of Diana’s outfits will be on display, including a blue tartan Emanuel suit that she wore for an official visit to Venice in the 1980s, a pale pink Emanuel blouse worn for her engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981 and Victor Edelstein’s iconic ink blue velvet gown, which the princess wore as she famously danced with John Travolta at the White House.
The ensembles were collected by curators who scoured the world — from Chile to America and around Britain — to pull together the famous gowns and outfits she once wore.
Diana: Her Fashion Story, which opens February 24, 2017, will trace the evolution of the princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life, according to Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that looks after Kensington Palace.
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In addition to the exhibit, the palace’s sunken garden, where Diana loved to visit, will be planted with her favorite flowers: tulips, scented narcisii and a carpet of white forget-me-nots.
Diana, who lived in Kensington Palace for about 15 years, was known to love the changing floral displays in the historic sunken garden, often stopping to talk to the gardeners who cared for it. In April, a temporary white garden will be created using flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the princess’s life.
A spokeswoman tells PEOPLE that Prince William and Harry have been kept abreast of the project. “They are our next-door neighbors and have been kept posted on our plans and are supportive of our plans,” she said.
Curator Eleri Lynn said in a statement, “Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most photographed women in the world, and every fashion choice she made was closely scrutinized. 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.
“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.”