Diana and Her Language of Fashion; for inspiration!

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The timeless fashion icon, lovely Diana gives major fashion goals to us this week.

At Althorp House…

Diana and Her Language of Fashion
Diana and Her Language of Fashion

This is a Regamus dress worn by Diana as a debutante for a ball at a family home which is the Althorp House in 1979. This is currently on display at the Kensington Palace exhibition.

Diana and Her Language of Fashion
Diana and Her Language of Fashion

The Gianni Versace ice-blue sheath with gold embroidery sits among other notable gowns in Room 6 at Kensington Palace.

Diana and Her Language of Fashion
Diana and Her Language of Fashion

Eleri Lynn, Curator of the exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story, displays a Catherine Walker floral shift dress worn by Diana in 1991 to the Christie’s Gala in New York (right).

Diana and Her Language of Fashion
Diana and Her Language of Fashion

Left, a Bellville Sassoon silk-satin cocktail dress worn in 1989 to the Barbican, and right, a Bruce Oldfield satin and lace dress worn in 1990 and 1991.

Vanity Fair Magazine Photo shoot

These images were originally taken for Vanity Fair magazine and these we think bring out her personality more than just her clothes. With her brushed short hair and her left hand bare of any ring, Testino’s powerful captures put in second place her pearl embroidered satin dress by Catherine Walker. The designer died in 2000 but her work is celebrated 40 years later in 2017 and reflect Diana’s changing spirit immensely.

Diana and Her Language of Fashion
Diana and Her Language of Fashion

These Althorp captures are incredibly meaningful because we think they seem to have captured “real” Diana; a lady who had come through from a beautiful young bride to maturity emerging as an independent woman.

 

Mario Testino portraits of the Princess wearing Catherine Walker, on display at her family home, Althorp House.

Diana and Her Language of Fashion
Diana and Her Language of Fashion

The Catherine Walker pearl-embroidered “Elvis” dress and matching bolero worn on the official visit to Hong Kong in 1989.

Street Style

Diana and Her Language of Fashion
Diana and Her Language of Fashion

Princess shopping on Bond Street in London in 1997 (left), wearing a Catherine Walker shift dress that is on display at Kensington Palace in Diana: Her Fashion Story (right).

Official portrait

Diana and Her Language of Fashion
Diana and Her Language of Fashion

A pink satin evening gown with white raw silk collar and cuffs by Catherine Walker. When the Princess posed for an 1987 official portrait by Terence Donovan, she needed a dress that would hold its own next to The Prince of Wales’s ceremonial uniform (see below). Catherine Walker devised this stately and formal gown for Diana, with classic tailoring in an overtly feminine style. She also wore it to the official visit to Germany in 1987

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