22 March 2012

Princess Diana's Iconic Dresses Go On Display At Kensington Palace

Grazia Daily loves a bit of regal style stalking and we're super excited because (as we reported back in December) next week some of the most iconic dresses in fashion history are going on display at Kensington Palace as part of and exhibition called Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess. Yup, we’re in for a right royal treat as the palace - which was former residence of Diana Princess of Wales - has recently undergone an £12 million swish up and is now showcasing a selection of some of her most show stopping pieces as part of the Queen's Jubilee year celebrations. Squee!

That's right, soon you'll be able to get up close to some of the dresses that made the young Princess into a forever style icon - and most of them wouldn't look out of place on today's red carpet! There's the gorgeous black taffeta ballgown [above] by Elizabeth and David Emmanuel (yes, the same design duo that made her wedding dress!) which she wore to her first public appearance in 1981 - it bears a remarkable resemblance to a modern McQueen gown worn recently by Kate Middleton dontcha think? The sexy Versace shift she donned for the UK premiere of Apollo 13 in 1995 receives more than a nod from the recent H&M/Versace collaboration, whilst the super-stunning fuschia and purple Catherine Walker number [top] is classic colour-blocking genius. SO ahead of her time.

As if the thought of all those fairytale frocks wasn't enticing enough, the artist Julie Verhoeven has been commissioned to produce some original artwork for the exhibit and her wallpaper display features some beautifully whimsical renderings of some of Diana's most recognisable outfits. So pretty!

For a peek at some of the dresses going on display you can click through our gallery above  - let us know your fave frocks! - but if you fancy seeing them in the flesh, the exhibition opens on Monday 26th of March at Kensington Palace.

by Francesca Milton


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