Princess Diana’s famous gowns in new display at Kensington Palace

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 5:29 pm posted in What's On, Culture, Places to see, Places to go, Events, Families

Princess Diana Travolta dress

20 years after her tragic death, a new exhibition and special commemorative temporary garden celebrating Diana, Princess of Wales’ life opens at Kensington Palace, her home for 15 years.

Opening on 24th February 2017, Diana – Her Fashion Story charts her fashion transition starting with a lace covered party dress worn by a young Lady Diana Spencer for a ball at her family home, Althorp, in 1979 and the demure image of the 19 year old London kindergarten assistant wearing a pale pink Emanuel blouse in her engagement portrait, through to the glamorous fashion icon in the iconic ink blue velvet gown (pictured), famously worn when dancing with John Travolta at The White House. The exhibition not only displays the gowns that made Princess Diana the most famous woman and trend-setter in the world, but also her transition in later life into the caring and dedicated humanitarian in smart tailored suits who had the ability to inspire people and championed causes close to her heart.

Complementing the display of some of her most iconic and celebrated outfits, a special garden has been created in the grounds of Kensington Palace, the White Garden, in honour of her life and love of flowers. This beautiful and changing display will feature planting inspired by the memories of the Princess’s life, image and style. Beginning with swathes of colourful tulips, scented narcissi and carpets of forget-me-nots in the spring through to white roses surrounding a pool in the centre and culminating in a dramatic display in the summer of 2017, the gardens will provide an opportunity for visitors to reflect upon her life.

Eleri Lynn, curator of ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’, said,

‘Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most photographed women in the world, and every fashion choice she made was closely scrutinised. Our exhibition explores the story of a young woman who had to quickly learn the rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, who in the process put the spotlight on the British fashion industry and designers.

We see her growing in confidence throughout her life, increasingly taking control of how she was represented, and intelligently communicating through her clothes. This is a story many women around the world can relate to, and we hope many visitors will join us next year, to get a closer look at some of Diana’s most iconic outfits, on display in her former home.’

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Book now for tickets

Ticket prices for visits until 28 February 2017
Adult – £16.50 (£15.40 online)*
Child – Free. Must be accompanied by an adult.
Concessions – £13.70 (£12.60 online)*
Membership – from £48

Ticket prices for visits from 1 March 2017
Adult – £19.00 (£17.10 online)*
Child – Free. Must be accompanied by an adult.
Concessions – £15.00 (£13.60 online)*
Membership – from £50
*Prices include a voluntary donation.

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