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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Diana, Princess of Wales Dress Collection

In the years following her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981, Princess Diana was the most celebrated model of British clothing since Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy. She commissioned scores of elegant dresses by designers such as Catherine Walker and Victor Edelstein, wearing them at events that ranged from London movie premieres to official tours of the Commonwealth.

In 1997, just months before her death, Princess Diana had 79 of her dresses auctioned by Christie's to raise money for humanitarian causes. Fourteen of the dresses were acquired by philanthropist Maureen Rorech Dunkel of Tampa, Florida, who sent them on a worldwide "Dresses for Humanity" fundraising tour. The dresses are now on permanent display in Kensington Palace.
This exhibition at Kensington Palace focuses on the development of the Princess’s style from the romantic ruffles of the early 1980s to the sophisticated silhouette of the mid 1990s. The exhibition of twelve dresses features seven never before displayed at Kensington Palace. For conservation reasons not all of Diana’s dresses are on display at any one time.

Location: Kensington Palace,The Broadwalk, Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX, UK

Travel: High Street Kensington/Notting Hill Gate
Some beautiful dress photos:

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