Princess Diana"s designer gowns go on display at Kensington Palace

Princess Diana's designer gowns go on display at Kensington Palace

Designer dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, have been unveiled at an exhibition preview at Kensington Palace.

The collection of five outfits, called Diana: Glimpses Of A Modern Princess, is one of a number of exhibitions to open following a 12 million restoration of her former home.

Classic cocktail frocks, formal gowns
and evening dresses will go on display when the west London palace
reopens to the public on 26 March.

Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana

A fuchsia and purple silk chiffon sari style dress by Catherine Walker was worn by Diana in Thailand for the Royal tour in February 1988 has gone on display at Kensington Palace

 an evening dress designed by Catherine Walker and worn by Princess Diana on an official visit to Thailand in 1988

Classic cocktail frocks, formal gowns
and evening dresses will go on display when the west London palace
reopens to the public on March 26th

The star of the show is a black
taffeta floor-length gown worn by the Princess of Wales on her first
official engagement at the Royal Opera House in 1981, which marked the
beginning of her rise as a fashion plate.

The Elizabeth
and David Emmanuel frock, which has never been shown in the UK before,
sold at auction last year for 192,000 and features the same ruffled
embellishment and sweetheart neckline seen on a dress worn by the
Duchess of Cambridge recently.

A black silk shift evening dress by Versace, which she wore to the 1995 premiere of Apollo 13, an ivory silk formal dinner dress, a
fuchsia and purple silk chiffon sari dress and a black and white
cocktail dress complete the set.

Princess of Wales

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Princess Diana wears Elizabeth and David Emmanuel ballgown

 Princess Diana

Black and white cocktail dress by Beville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany worn in 1989

Black silk taffeta gown by Emanuel worn on Diana's first official engagement in 1981

A cocktail dress designed by Gianni Versace worn by Princess Diana at the Apollo 13 film premiere in London in 1995

Iconic style: Diana's fans will be
able to see a monochrome cocktail dress designed by Bellville Sassoon,
left, a black taffeta floor-length gown worn on her first official
engagement at the Royal
Opera House in 1981 and a
little black Versace number, right, she wore to the Apollo 13 premier in 1995

The show is
presented against a set created by interior designer Finola Inger,
includes bespoke wallpaper designed by Julie Verhoeven.

The restoration and exhibitions are timed to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year.

Deirdre Murphy, curator, said: 'We have carefully selected this collection of exquisite dresses to illustrate to visitors Diana’s evolving style and the important role fashion played in creating her public image.

'As the princess’s former home, Kensington Place is an ideal setting to showcase these gowns – the atmosphere of the display will be truly magical.'

Classic formal dinner dress of ivory silk crepe by Catherine Walker worn by the Princess for a State Banquet in 1993 (L) and Black silk taffeta gown by Emanuel

The restoration and exhibitions are timed to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year