Mix the Royal Family with fashion, and you get one of this year’s most anticipated exhibitions. A must-go for sure, Diana: Her Fashion Story will be taking place at Kensington Palace, her home for 15 years, opened on February 24th.
The British Royal Family has always been in the spotlight for obvious reasons and is one of Londoners’ favourite topics to chat and read about. We’re interested in what they do, their relationships, leisure time, and especially in what they wear. That’s probably why Kate Middleton’s dresses are always sold out after she wears them in public. She is a fashion icon, not only for British women but for women all around the world, similar to how Diana, Princess of Wales was.
The exhibition highlights Lady Di’s style evolution – from her romantic outfits of her early days as a princess to the glamorous and elegant ones when she was more confident about her status as a member of the Royal family. Another interesting point is how she used her image to inspire people and to raise awareness for the causes in which she believed and worked for.
The most iconic pieces of her wardrobe will be displayed, as well as some original fashion sketches made by Diana’s favourite designers. You’ll be amazed to see her Catherine Walker suits, considered her ‘working wardrobe’ and her exquisite evening gowns – even if you’re not that into royalty, you can take it as a fashion history class.
If you think you’ve already seen all the princess’ outfits from the media or from other exhibitions, you couldn’t be more wrong. A blue tartan jacket, paired with pearls and a hat in an official visit to Venice, has just been acquired in an auction by Historic Royal Palaces, the charity organisation responsible for Kensington Palace. Designed by Emanuel, this is the first time it’ll be displayed to the public.
The garden, one of her favourite places on the property, will be turned into a White Garden temporarily. Cherishing the most beautiful times of the year, spring and summer, the Palace’s garden will have tulips, narcissi, forget-me-nots, and roses, just to mention a few – all choices made to represent Diana’s style and image.
“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,” said Eleri Lynn, the exhibition’s curator. No doubts it will have long queues at the front door, and lots of inspiration coming out the exit.
Words: Manuela Rio Tinto
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