Princess Diana in a fuchsia silk chiffon sari-style dress by Catherine Walker
Before Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton started making waves for her sartorial selections, Diana, Princess of Wales, charmed the public with her enviable fashion sense. Next year, London’s Kensington Palace will present an exhibition of her dresses.
Part of the late princess's iconic wardrobe will be unveiled — some garments for the first time in the United Kingdom — at Kensington Palace on March 26, reports the Telegraph. The star of the show is the magnificent black silk taffeta gown by David Emanuel (the same designer who made Diana’s wedding dress) that Diana wore to the Royal Opera House for her first official engagement to Prince Charles in 1981, which instantly turned the princess into a fashion star. Two dresses — a fuchsia sari-esque silk chiffon number and a ivory silk crepe dress — by one of Diana’s favorite designers, Catherine Walker, will be displayed, along with a black Versace shift, and a black and white Bellville Sassoon cocktail dress.
A set by interior designer Finola Inger will serve as a backdrop for the dresses, along with bespoke wallpaper designed by Julie Verhoeven, reports WWD. Titled “Diana,” the exhibition will coincide with a $19 million remodeling of Kensington Palace for Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee and the London Olympics.
The exhibition follows the summer display of Kate’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress at Buckingham Palace, which attracted more than 600,000 visitors.