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Her Fashion Lives on: Diana, a Fashion Story Exhibition at Kensington Palace

By Anjida Sripongworakul

Monday 20 November 2017 Style

On occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Princess’ passing in August 1997, Kensington Palace holds an exhibition displaying her definite dress collection in her former residence.

The 25-dresses exhibition traces a style journey from the Princess’ initial public appearances to her elegance later in life, through 6 themes, said to mirror the Princess’ “growing confidence through life,” as one of the world’s most photographed and scruntinised fashion icon and media figure, as phrased by the exhibition’s curator, Eleri Lynn.

Photos of the Princess in the costumes taken by legendary Marlo Testino for Vanity Fair and original fashion sketches accompany several costumes, detailing her close relationships with favorite designers. Costumes on display include the classic “Lady Di” blouse of the English rose style, Victor Edelstein’s famed blue velvet “John Travolta” gown—worn when the Princess danced with the actor at the White House, Catherine Walker’s white crepe “Elvis” sheath and jacket.

The exhibition also includes a previously unseen “blue tartan Emanuel suit,” worn during an 1980s official visit to Venice.

Critics, however, commented on the exhibition’s exclusion of dresses worn during more defining moments, including the Princess’ wedding dress and Christina Stambolian’s “Revenge” dress, worn when Prince Charles admitted to his affair with Camila Parker Bowles.

Aside from the exhibition itself, visitors to the Palace can take a stroll in the White Garden, decorated in flowers and foliage evocative of the memories of the Princess in “life, image, and style,” from white English roses to forget-me-nots.

The exhibition may take a casual viewer an estimated one hour. Tickets can be booked online for lower prices at Concessions prices for full-time students of 16 years and older for £12.30 (without donation) and £13.60 (with donation). Day (Walk-in) tickets are available at the Palace but are subjected to availability.

Tickets also grant buyers access to the Palace and unlimited re-entries.

Kensington Palace is located at Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX, UK.


Anjida Sri

I'm a Management Science (Decision Science Stream) Master's candidate at London School of Economics and Political Science. Originally from Thailand, I'm as passionate about the science, psychology, and statistics behind decision making as I am about film and writing. I enjoy opportunities to combine my passions in reviewing, discussing, and analysing films. My major influences include the New Yorker's James Wood, classic Russian literature, and Richard Siken's poetry. I've written film reviews, celebrity profiles, and news and technology coverage for my undergraduate engineering newspaper, the University of Waterloo's Iron Warrior. I'm also a guest blogger and Student Blog Editor for LSE's Department of Management. I believe pop culture, current affairs, and critical, world-changing ideas are integral to student lifestyle, and I'm committed to representing students' reality outside the classroom to society and the world. I hope to continue investigating this theme through NUS' platform for student voices.