Shoulderpads, mullet hems and acres of taffeta… Diana's most iconic Eighties fashion moments remembered in new exhibition
01:38 GMT, 16 June 2012
A priceless collection of the late Princess Diana's most prized possessions are being put on display for the first time.
Thousands of items, from evening gowns, heirlooms and personal accessories, to photographs,
letters and designer sketches, will be showcased in Diana: Legacy of a Princess, in Long Beach, California.
exhibition, set to open June 16, is on the historic ship The Queen Mary, and also includes a garden bench that was a wedding gift for Prince
Charles and the late Princess, as well as cherished pieces from other members of the Royal family too.
Eighties classic: Princess Diana wore this full-skirted black-and-red evening gown in July 1987. It is just one of many of her dresses on display in Long Beach, California, as part of the Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibition
White out: The belted Joseph Azagury ensemble that is part of the exhibition on the remodelled Queen Mary was bang on trend when Diana wore it in 1993
Many of the dresses on display make
up some of the late Princess's most iconic style moments, including one
long-sleeve, lace and pleated chiffon evening gown worn by the Princess
in May, 1993.
Designed by Jacques Azagury, she wore
the white dress to a charity gala performance of Mozart's The Magic
Flute, in aid of the British Lung Foundation.
Another famous favourite on display is a floral-print strapless silk taffeta dress designed by Catherine Walker.
Repeat performance: Diana wore this printed Catherine Walker gown to the premiere of Crocodile Dundee in 1988, then again for the Canadian premiere of the sequel in 1991
Detailed: Visitors will be able to see up-close the intricate lace and embellishments of Diana's couture gowns
A dress to impress: A worker arranges a gown on the its mannequin ahead of the exhibition's opening to the public tomorrow. Diana's most famous fashion moments are recalled in the display of countless garments
The Princess wore the evening dress
to a premiere of the film Crocodile Dundee on June 21, 1988, and again
for the Canadian premiere of Crocodile Dundee II, in 1991.
In February, 1987, at dinner hosted
by the then President Soares at Ajuda Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, Diana
wore one of her favourite tiaras, which is also on display.
And while attending a dinner at the
Chateau de Versailles in Paris, on 28th November 1994, in aid of then
President Barnardos, Diana wore another show-stopping Catherine Walker
gown, this time a black halterneck, floor-sweeping dress.
A girl's best friend: The Diamond tiaras worn by Diana are sure to be a highlight for exhibition visitors. Her favourite, which she wore time and time again throughout the Eighties and Nineties (left), takes pride of place
Dazzling: The lade Princess of Wales' famous haircut was perfect for the pearl and diamond headpieces
Also on display is a strapless,
colour-block gown which the late Princess wore on July 17, 1987 while
attending a Royal film Performance at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema
with George Peppard.
The exhibit, scheduled to open in Long
Beach, California, is being presented in association with the breast
cancer charity, Pink Ribbons Crusade.
A look back in time: The outfits worn by Diana offer a snapshot of Eighties and early Nineties style, proving just how very on trend she was
The ongoing challenge to eradicate breast cancer was of special importance to Princess Diana.
The Queen Mary cruise ship, in
partnership with Pink Ribbons Crusade, will dedicate a portion of the
exhibition's proceeds to a non-profit breast cancer awareness and
prevention beneficiary in Southern California.
Diana: Legacy of a Princess opens tomorrow. For further information visit queenmary.com