Diana, Princess of Wales in blue
It was one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life. Not only did I get to see her wedding dress in detail (along with several other of her other dresses including one that’s never been seen in public!), but I also got to see momentos from all points in her life, like her ballet shoes and the speech that Earl Spencer gave at her funeral, which including his edits. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I’m so happy that I got to see it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take any photos, otherwise I would have put them on here.
It was so moving and wonderful, and I recommend everyone go see it immediately.
Top five Diana dresses, in no particular order.
- The Elvis Dress.
Diana, Princess of Wales, wore this white silk strapless dress encrusted with pearls and sequins, with a matching bolero jacket, in 1989. The Princess was a stylish public figure - her clothes made headlines and launched copycat styles. By the late 1980s, she favoured streamlined, well-cut garments such as this ensemble, which relies upon rich texture for its impact.
Diana supported many London-based designers, such as Catherine Walker, the couturière from whom Diana ordered this ensemble. Walker first provided clothing for Diana during her first pregnancy in 1981, and continued to do so until Diana’s death in 1997. This outfit, which Diana called her ‘Elvis Dress’, was worn by the Princess to the British Fashion Awards in October 1989 and then on an official visit to Hong Kong.
In 1997, Diana sold 79 dresses in a charity auction held by Christie’s, which raised over 3 million pounds for AIDS and cancer charities. This dress was bought by The Franklin Mint, a company which produces memorablia such as a portrait Diana doll, featuring her wearing this dress, thus making it one of the best-known of Diana’s many outfits.