Princess Diana Dress Exhibition

Dianas dresses

March 2012

Kensington Palace: Diana: glimpses of a modern princess

Princess Diana’s former home Kensington Palace will open its gates to an exhibition of the princess’ dresses from 26 March – 31 August 2012, some of which have never before been exhibited in the UK.

The exhibition

The dresses will be displayed alongside fashion illustrations and photographs, reflecting significant moments in Diana’s public life and her representation as a fashion icon. Curated by interior designer Finola Inger, the dress exhibition will showcase some of the Princess’ key fashion moments in a suitably stylish and elegant setting.
Some of the highlights include a shocking pink Catherine Walker gown, and the dress which caused a sensation on Diana’s first public engagement in 1981.

Background: Diana and Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace became the official London residence of the newly married Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.
After her separation from Prince Charles in 1992 Diana remained at Kensington; Princes William and Harry were at nursery school in nearby Notting Hill, and the boys were very settled there.
Of his own recent return to Kensington Palace, Prince William said he was happy to live where he has so many cherished memories.


Princess Diana remained at Kensington Palace until her death in 1997 and her association with the palace is profound. Her coffin spent its last night in London there and in the days that followed news of her death, it is estimated that over a million bouquets of flowers were left in memoriam.
As well as the Diana dress exhibition, Kensington Palace has photos and small displays where you can learn more about her connection with the palace.

Did you know? Singer David Bowie took style inspiration from Princess Diana
Sales for a ‘black sheep’ jumper from high street brand Warm and Wonderful went through the roof when Diana was spotted wearing one at a polo match in 1983. The jumper, a colourful design featuring one rouge black sheep amongst a flock of white, apparently caught the attention of music legend Bowie adding to the sales.

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