Get ready to get in line for another fashion exhibit, royal obsessives! A collection of the late Princess Diana‘s dresses are going on display in Kensington Palace next March in the lead-up to Queen Elizabeth‘s diamond jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.
The opening act will include a showing of five of Diana’s most iconic dresses, anchored by the strapless black silk dress designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel that she wore to her first official function, a charity ball, as a working royal. While it might not be the most exciting of dresses in 2011, in 1981 it was a bold, bold move. Royals weren’t supposed to wear black unless they were in mourning, and you’d be hard-pressed to find any other princess of the era in something so unavoidably without straps, or cut so low.
Women’s Wear Daily reports that the Emanuel dress will be joined by two evening dresses by Catherine Walker, a black-and-white cocktail dress by Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany, and a simple black shift from Versace. These, according to the minds and resources of the show’s organizers, were Diana’s key fashion moments.
The exhibit, called “Diana” (and really, what else?), is a part of a group of celebrations commemorating Kensington Palace’s recent $19 million renovation. We wonder how much the tickets will end up costing? Take a look at that famous Emanuel Dress below.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.