Princess Diana’s Dresses — Dresses once worn by Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 – 1997), will be on display in her former home at Kensington Palace, as part of an exhibition entitled Fashion Rules: Restyled, opening February 11, 2016. Four decades of fashion from women in the Royal Family will chart major changes in taste and style over the years. Visitors will view dresses from HM Queen Elizabeth II in the 1950s, Princess Margaret in the 1960s and 70s and Diana, Princess of Wales in the 1980s. Represented fashion designers include Hardy Amies, Murray Arbeid, Jacques Azagury, Marc Bohan, Norman Hartnell, Bruce Oldfield, Zandra Rhodes, Ian Thomas, Carl Toms and Catherine Walker.
The new exhibition offers an opportunity for those who missed Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess in 2012, also at Kensington Palace. That exhibition featured classic cocktail suits, formal gowns and evening dresses in a newly reovated setting created by interior designer Finola Inger, with bespoke wallpaper by Julie Verhoeven.
Kensington Palace, the South Front, by Colin Smith
John Travolta and Princess Diana by United States Federal Government – from the Ronald Reagan Library
Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan (1985) Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library
Diana, Princess of Wales, with Hillary Clinton by US Federal Government
Princess Diana in Versace at the Appollo 13 Premiere, 1995 (from “Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess,” 2012)
Princess Diana in a dress designed by Catherine Walker, 1993 (from “Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess,” 2012)
Princess Diana in a gown by Elizabeth and David Emmanuel, 1991 (from “Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess,” 2012)