Diana: her fashion story. (Exhibition review.)

* Owing to a technical fault, and not planning ahead properly, today’s post will be all about what I went to see at Kensington palace yesterday; I had intended to post an interview with the Candy Girls (click here to check out their website), but it didn’t pan out. I’ll try my best to post it maybe later this year.
One of my favourite things to do is to go and see exhibitions; often, they are very quiet, there aren’t always a lot of people, and you can learn something along the way. (Fits the profile of someone with Aspergers, I think!) Yesterday I was delighted to go and see Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace..

This was the poster outside the palace entrance:
I’m too young to remember Princess Diana, as she died two years prior to me being born; however, I’ve been aware of her ever since reading a designed-for-a-child biography at Primary School. To me, as was a very glamorous figure; a few years ago, when there was an auction of her dresses, I just had to watch.. And ever since that this was announced, I have wished to go.
I know that the above photo is slightly irrelevant, but I thought it needed to be included; everywhere in the palace there’s a piece of history. There are portraits, cushions, plaques, and more. Can you see which members of the royal family these are? (They were on the way to the exhibition..)
There were a number of fabulous looking dresses; my favourite dress that was included at the exhibition was the one Princess Diana danced at the White House in, with John Travolta. Each of the dresses had a little plaque saying where they were worn, who designed by, etc.
What was also was how Diana was influenced by films, etc. The above dress was inspired by a Grace Kelly film, for instance.
Does this dress remind anyone else of what Sleeping Beauty worn in the Disney animation?
On one wall was a few sketches of various designs; it was noted how Diana would suggest changes, comment on what she liked, etc. (There were also fabric samples attached.) Some of the designs were products of their time; can you see the massive eighties style shoulder pads on some of these designs?
This was my favourite dress out of them all!
Personally, I also think that there is some Jacqueline Kennedy influence here; this was in the last part of the exhibition, and was showing how Diana designed her clothes for when she would visit children’s hospitals, etc.
Overall, I did enjoy this exhibition, but I do feel that there was too many people; for example, a lot of visitors were taking photos, pushing, occasionally shoving. And it really was not needed! The exhibition could have also been a little bit more expansive; to me, a ‘Diana Fan’, it just scratched the surface of her life. It could have started off with her style when she was a teenager, meeting Prince Charles, engagement, etc. But this is not an exhibition I would miss, particularly if you’re a fan;  Click here to book tickets. 
What do you think; would you go to this exhibition?
Untitled design


  1. July 11, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Ooooh, I’m so glad you wrote this post — it let me experience the exhibit without spending $800 on a plane ticket! I had no idea she got so involved in designing her clothes, either. That black dress you liked best is so classic! It works in any decade and doesn’t have any of that 80s flair. And the Sleeping Beauty frock really does look like her costume in the movie. I’d have loved to see this exhibit! I’m sorry about all the shoving, though :/.

    • July 11, 2017 / 2:35 pm

      Ah, it wasn’t too bad; than you for commenting 🙂

  2. roseloispresley
    July 11, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Thank you for posting, what an interesting exhibition, fascinating and unmissable.

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