In 2017 London celebrates 20 years since the death of Lady Diana with a series of initiatives including an exhibition at Kensington Palace with its iconic looks
Lady Diana, story of a sad princess
20 years after his death, London celebrates Lady Diana with an exhibition dedicated to her most beautiful clothes, Diana: Her Fashion Story. The exhibition will be inaugurated on February 24 in the halls of what was his last home, Kensington Palace.
The exhibition is the first of many initiatives organized in 2017 to commemorate the princess of the people, now buried in Althorp Estate, on the Spencer family estate in Northamptonshire. Her sons William and Harry wanted it to be eager to celebrate their mother in all the aspects that made her famous, from social commitment to fashion.
In the halls of the Palazzo some of the iconic dresses of Lady Diana will be exhibited, in all 26 complete outfits, as well as many other objects. Among these is the dress that Lady D is wearing at 19, blue with white polka dots made by Regamus, who then gave to dress her Madame Tussauds wax doll. Then the pale pink blouse she wore for the portrait of her engagement. And yet the tartan suit I show off during his trip to Italy and the splendid evening dress in black velvet with which he danced at the White House with John Travolta in 1985. The dress, signed by Victor Edelstein, was also worn on the occasion of the his latest portrait. It was Lady Diana herself who put it up for auction two months before she died. An American businesswoman bought it for £ 100,000. In 2013 the suit was bought by an English collector for a record £ 250,000.
You can also admire the outfits of the 90s, signed by Catherine Walker, her favorite designer, which were sold out as soon as she wore them (just like today the suits sported by Kate Middleton). There will also be Christian Dior's clothes, that petticoat style worn in 1996 for an evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or the fiery red one sported in 1997 at a gala evening for the victims of landmines, at the Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington.
The sketches of Lady D's clothes to which she often contributed herself will also be exhibited. Each garment represents a phase of the princess's life and reflects the mood of that moment.
Eleri Lynn, curator of the exhibition, explained:
Diana was aware of the effect that her sartorial choices could have on a diplomatic level and of the way in which her image could be interpreted, as well as the importance they could represent for the future of the stylists she chose and the British fashion industry . For this reason he placed extreme care in the preparation of each garment.