Saturday 27th January 2018
Celebrate the life of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace in 2018. Few people have made such an impact on the world as Diana, Princess of Wales.
2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of her death in 1997, and Historic Royal Palaces will celebrate her life with a new exhibition and commemorative garden, opening at Kensington Palace in 2017.
Kensington Palace was a place of unique significance in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. As well as being her home from 1981, she also regularly hosted receptions for her many charities in the State Apartments and Orangery. Alongside the new exhibition and garden will run a programme of talks and events exploring Princess Diana’s enduring legacy.
‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ will trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. From her earliest royal engagements, everything Diana wore was closely scrutinised, and the exhibition will explore how she navigated her unique position in the public eye: learning to use her image to engage and inspire people, and to champion the causes she cared about.
Discover exquisite and celebrated outfits from throughout the Princess’s public life. The exhibition will bring together an extraordinary collection of garments, ranging from the glamorous evening gowns worn on engagements in the 1980s, to the chic Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana’s ‘working wardrobe’ in the 1990s. The Princess’s relationship with her favourite designers will be explored through a display of some of their original fashion sketches, created for her during the design process.
Exhibition highlights will include the pale pink Emanuel blouse worn for Diana’s engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981, and Victor Edelstein’s iconic ink blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta. A blue tartan Emanuel suit, worn for an official visit to Venice in the 1980s, will go on display in public for the first time. The suit, a rare survival of the Princess’s daywear, was only recently rediscovered and acquired by Historic Royal Palaces – the charity responsible for Kensington Palace - at auction.
Coach and admission to Kensington Palace & Exhibition - £36 - SOLD OUT - Further trip on Thursday 3rd May
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