Diana Exhibit At Kensington Palace Adds Seven New Pieces

‘Diana: Her Fashion Story,’ the exhibit at Kensington Place, has added a few more items to the remarkable collection already on display since February 2017.

One of the new items added to the exhibit is known the world over: the Halo Trust protective vest Diana wore on her visit to Angola in 1997.

The 'Landmines outfit' (c) Royal Collection Trust All Rights Reserved
The ‘Landmines outfit’ (c) Royal Collection Trust All Rights Reserved

Royal followers and fans have seen the iconic photo of Diana, Princess of Wales wearing chinos, a denim shirt and the flak vest. Now, visitors can see the iconic ensemble beginning on 26 April when visiting Kensington Palace.

Also added to the exhibit is the pink Bellville Sassoon suit worn to board the train for her honeymoon.

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Bellville Sassoon ‘Going Away’ outfit 3 (c) Royal Collection Trust All Rights Reserved

Diana wore this outfit on her wedding day in July 1981, to board the train at London Waterloo for her honeymoon. It was designed by one of her favourite designers, David Sassoon.

Included is the Victor Edelstein evening gown that was worn for an official portrait by Terence Donovan and going on public display for the first time. Also, the floor-length gown designed by Yuki and worn during Charles and Diana’s trip to Japan. The exhibit will also see one of the dresses worn to the Braemar Games in the Scottish Highlands in 1982.

One of my personal favourites has been added to the collection the purple Versace dress that was worn in Chicago for a cancer fundraiser at The Field Museum. I may be partial because it was worn here in the Windy City or because I like purple. Nevertheless, it was stunning when Diana wore it.

Purple Versace gown (c) Royal Collection Trust All Rights Reserved
Purple Versace gown (c) Royal Collection Trust All Rights Reserved

According to Historic Royal Palaces the exhibit: “not only charts the impact of Diana’s unique public role on her wardrobe, but also her impact on British and global fashion.”

Eleri Lynn, the exhibition curator at Historic Royal Palaces, commented:

‘Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most photographed women in the world, and it’s no coincidence that so many of her outfits are now among the most easily recognisable in fashion history. Through ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ we explore the evolution of a young woman who had to first learn the rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, then master the art of creating her own signature style. Following the exhibition’s incredible success in 2017, we’re delighted that this year visitors to Kensington Palace will have the chance to see yet more of the Princess’s show-stopping wardrobe for themselves.’

‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ opened in February 2017 and was a resounding success. Following its sellout year, the exhibit will continue through 2018 highlight the glitz and glamour of a real fashion icon, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Tickets and information regarding pricing and opening times may be found here: HRP Palaces

Special thanks to Historic Royal Places and Adam Budhram, Media and PR Manager for Historic Royal Palaces for the photos used in this article.

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