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New Princess Diana Exhibition Celebrates Her Life And Style

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Updated: 27 February 2017
Famed for breathing fresh life into the British monarchy, Princess Diana captured the imagination of millions with her elegant, creative style. In February 2017, a new exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story will come to Kensington Palace. Culture Trip brings you everything to know about the seminal celebration of Princess Diana’s fashion.

The exhibition falls on the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death

Though hard to believe, in February it will have been 20 years since the death of Princess Diana. The exhibition, which will replace the current display, Fashion Rules, coincides with this significant anniversary, celebrating Diana’s vast influence over fashion and style during her life.

Princess Diana’s personal and private collections will be on display

The new exhibition at Kensington Palace will display iconic looks from Princess Diana’s wardrobe. From the glamorous evening gowns of the 1980s to her staple Catherine Walker suits that she wore throughout the 1990s, this is a chance to get up close and personal with the full range of styles and re-live her classic fashion moments. Eleri Lynn, curator of Diana: Her Fashion Story, said, “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.”

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The Wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Photograph at Buckingham Palace, July 29 | © Joe Haupt/Flickr

Exhibition highlights will include never-before-seen items

Attendees can expect to see the pale pink Emanuel blouse worn for Diana’s engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981 and Victor Edelstein’s ink blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta. A blue tartan Emanuel suit, worn for an official visit to Venice in the 1980s, will go on public display for the first time.

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Diana: Her Fashion Story will also feature a new and specially created garden

Princess Diana lived in Kensington Palace for 15 years, and is said to have much admired the historic Sunken Garden. As a tribute, the gardeners of Kensington Palace will plant an elegant palette of tulips and scented narcissi through a carpet of forget-me-nots, inspired by memories of her image, life and style. In the summer, pots of English white roses, Cosmos daisies and Gaura will also be added.

Diana: Her Fashion Story opens 24 February 2017 at Kensington Palace