After two years and £12 million, the newly revitalized Kensington Palace looks to the future by honoring its past with a display of five frocks which were intrinsically woven into the fabric of the late Princess Diana’s life.
From March 26 – September 2, 2012, royal watchers and fans of fashion can admire the attire in the regal residence where the queen of people’s hearts once resided, with each ensemble acting as a couture time capsule of our collective memories.
In 1981 Lady Diana Spencer offered a hint that “Shy Di” had a daring side when it came to style when she slipped into a strapless black silk taffeta gown for her first public outing with Prince Charles since the announcement of their engagement. Once again all eyes will be on the iconic dress (made by the Emanuels– the then-husband and wife team who designed Diana’s wedding gown) as it enjoys its first public viewing since its headline-grabbing heyday.
Other creations include a 1989 black-and-white Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany cocktail dress, a 1995 vision by Versace, and two gowns which display the diverse skill of designer Catherine Walker– a vibrant, sari-inspired silhouette and a streamlined ivory dinner dress. All five dresses, along with design sketches and photos, are displayed in a room embraced by Diana-themed wallpaper specially created by fashion illustrator Julie Verhoeven.
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The video above offers a close-up look at the Diana exhibit, while the video from The Daily Mirror provides a peek at what’s in store for visitors throughout the newly refurbished palace: