Princess Diana’s Dresses to be Exhibited in Kensington Palace
What: Five of Princess Diana's most popular dresses to be exhibited
When and Where: Kensington Palace, March 26th till September 2012
Why: To Celebrate Kensington Palace's $ 19 million renovation.
Princess Diana was and is still remembered for being a fashion icon. Five of her most famous dresses will be exhibited in Kensington Palace next year to celebrate the $19 million renovation of the Palace. Kensington Palace's curator released a statement quoting, "We have carefully selected this collection of exquisite dresses to illustrate to visitors Diana's evolving style and the important role fashion played in creating her public image. Kensington Place is an ideal setting to showcase these gowns - the atmosphere of the display will be truly magical."
The Chosen Five: The dresses that will be displayed include an off-shoulder, black, taffeta dress that she wore for one of her first public appearances a few days after announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981. It was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who also designed her wedding dress a few months later.
Also on display, from her appearances after her marriage are an ivory dress designed by Catherine Walker, which she wore for a Vanity Fair photoshoot by Mario Testino in 1997 and a fuchsia and purple silk sari, also designed by Walker, which Diana wore to a dinner for the King of Thailand in 1988. Additionally a black Versace dress and a black and white Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany dress will also be featured.
Some of the dresses have been exhibited around the world, including in the US and at her family home, Althorp in Northamptonshire. A few have even been auctioned for charity. But several of the latest group to be exhibited have never been seen in public since she wore them in the 1980s.