Diana, Princess of Wales was adored by millions around the world for being an humanitarian and fashion icon. Diana: A Celebration is an exhibit showcasing this magnificent gown among other precious items. This exhibition will start January 23rd and will be here for a limited time before returning to her family's 500 year old estate, Althrop Estates in the UK. David & Elizabeth Emanuel designed this masterpiece in 1981 and the the gown was obviously inspired by the Romantic Period. It mirrors old Romanticism with puffed sleeves, a full skirt, pure silk taffeta, and lace. This garment is encrusted with over 10,000 pearls.
There will be over 150 objects on display including the infamous 25 foot gown, her veil and tiara, 28 other dresses from the 1980's to her last public engagement, family heirlooms, family jewelry, and other priceless mementos.
Born Diana Frances Spencer, and later named Lady Diana, Princess Diana was royal and with that came wardrobe requirements. You will see garments worn to her many charity events, evening galas and dinners, and overseas trips. In the 80's, she supported British designers heavily like Catherine Walker and Jacques Azagury, but not all her looks were to be admired. In the 90's after being on a more International platform, the designers of choice became more well-known and sophisticated like Versace and Chanel. Even if you have no interest in the British royals, to see family history passed down from 300-500 years ago is astonishing.
This exhibition will chronicle Princess Diana life from a young girl to a mature woman. She truly will be remembered for her grace and elegance.
"Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty", Charles Spencer.