Princess Diana’s Kate Middleton-a-Like Dress Takes Centre Stage in Dress Exhibition

21 December 2011

Move over Kate Middleton – Princess Diana isn’t quite out of the spotlight yet. And to prove it, Kensington Palace is unveiling a display dedicated to celebrating Diana’s wardrobe.

Princess Diana and Kate Middleton black dress

Princess Diana in Elizabeth Emmanuel, Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

They wore almost identical outfits thirty years apart, but it will be Diana’s silk taffeta Emmanuel dress taking centre stage at the display, which opens on March 26th next year. Not only was it the dress that ignited the world’s obsession with her wardrobe and sold for a whopping £192,000 to a fashion museum in Chile last year, but also set tongues wagging this week when the Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress bearing a striking resemblance to it.

Kate stepped out at the Sun Military awards on Monday night wearing a long black strapless gown with a ruffled edge, with just the velvet fabric marking a difference to the one worn by Diana on her first official engagement with Prince Charles in 1981. And the similarities didn’t stop there – just as Diana stayed loyal to her wedding dress designer Elizabeth Emmanuel to create her gown, Kate’s dress was, of course, from Alexander McQueen. Not to mention that they both accessorized the outfit with that diamond sapphire ring.

princess diana fuchsia silk chiffon sari-style dress catherine walker

Princess Diana in Catherine Walker

Now, four more of Diana’s dresses will be displayed alongside it, some of which are on show in the UK for the first time. Alongside the centrepiece will be a fuchsia silk chiffon sari-style dress [above], an ivory silk crepe dinner dress, both by Catherine Walker, a black and white cocktail dress by Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany and a black silk shift dress by Versace. Swoon.

The display (astonishingly called ‘Diana’), will highlight the Princess of Wales’ key fashion moments as part of the celebrations to mark a £12million revamp of Kensington Palace in time for Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee and the London Olympics. See you there!


by Zoe Beaty 


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