As we all hold our breaths for the arrival of the Royal Baby, here's another reason to turn our attention to the Royal Family. Fashion Rules is a brand new exhibition held at Kensington Palace hosting a collection of the beautiful gowns worn by three of our favourite Royal ladies – The Queen, royal rebel Princess Margaret and of course, Princess Diana.
Showing dresses that span over the decades of the twentieth century, us mere mortals have the chance to get up close to these exquisite creations. From the floral chiffon gown worn by Queenie during a Canada Commonwealth visit in the 1950s to Diana’s drop-waist and bowed dress from the 1980s, there's regal treats a-plenty. We also get a glimpse inside Princess Margaret’s wardrobe, including an Indian silk sari and matching gold turban, which was designed by Marc Bohan, Dior’s Creative Director of the time, dontcha know.
But, we must admit, our favourites are set to be the array of Diana’s dresses, including that red jewel encrusted Bruce Oldfield evening gown, typical of Princess Di’s show-stopping style. The famous black velvet dress she wore with a sapphire necklace for her dance with John Travolta and Lord Snowden portrait is also set to make an appearance.
With the film of Diana’s life starring Naomi Watts just around the corner, the collection is a taster of Di’s stunning style revisited. Lent to the exhibition for a short while by lucky owners from around the world, this is a rare opportunity to see the dresses in the UK. Kate and Wills' baby could be due any day now, but until then we know where we’ll be going…
by Gemma Courage