Princess Diana's Most Memorable Outfits Are Getting Their Own Exhibition

Diana: Her Fashion Story will be held at her former home, Kensington Palace

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Next september will mark 20 years since Princess Diana passed away. To commemorate the anniversary, 26 of her most memorable outfits will go on display at Kensington Palace.

Diana: Her Fashion Story will open in February with the blessing of her sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

One of the most distinct items to be included is the midnight blue velvet dress designed by Victor Edelstein and worn by Diana when she danced with John Travolta at a White House gala dinner in 1985.

Princess Diana and John Travolta at 1985
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The gown holds extra significance as it was also worn by the Princess in her final official portrait in 1997. It was famously sold for £1000,000 at an auction in aid of charity two months before her death, and has since fetched £240,000 in a further sale to a collector.

'Diana, Princess of Wales was one of the most photographed women in the world, and every fashion choice she made was closely scrutinised,' said Eleri Lynn, curator of the exhibition.

Our exhibition explores the story of a young woman who had to quickly learn the rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, who in the process put the spotlight on the British fashion industry and designers. We see her growing in confidence throughout her life, increasingly taking control of how she was represented, and intelligently communicating through her clothes.'

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are expected to announce further events to commemorate their late mother in due course. Prince Harry has recently said he wishes to to create 'something that is going to last forever' to honour her legacy.

Diana: Her Fashion Story will open at Kensington Palace in February.

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