Diana: Designing for a Princess

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Explore the evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales' innate sense of style in a new display at her former London home.

In this elegant new display in the historic galleries of Kensington Palace, a piece from Diana's wardrobe will complement original sketches created for her during the design process.

Diana's handwritten comments, added alongside her favourite designs, demonstrate the joy she found in fashion.

Currently on display

Evening Dress by Catherine Walker, 1988

Diana wore this dress to a state dinner in Bangkok, Thailand in February 1988.

The dress is a subtle tribute to Thai Chakkrabhat, a national dress of Thailand, with an asymmetrical shawl detail. The colours reflect the lotus blossom, the flower of Thailand, a garland of which Diana also wore in her hair.

On loan from the Fundación Museo de la Moda, Santiago, Chile.

Sketches by David Sassoon

David Sassoon was one of Diana, Princess of Wales' favourite designers. This collection of sketches charts the Princess's move from the romantic outfits of her marriage to the confident working wardrobe of her later life.

Designs include a sketch for her going away outfit, worn to board the train for her honeymoon in 1981, and a playful tuxedo-style evening dress worn in 1989.

Also among the display is an annotated sketch for a white chiffon maternity dress, which the Princess wore when pregnant with Prince William and then again with Prince Harry.

There was a tremendous change from the shy little girl who I had initially dressed to this overtly glamorous woman. She was very charismatic as a person, not just because she was a princess. She had this caring quality. She had compassion.

David Sassoon

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