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Princess Diana's iconic John Travolta dress to be unveiled at new fashion exhibit

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Princess Diana wasn’t just a beloved member of the Royal Family; she was also something of a fashion icon, walking red carpets and gracing the covers of magazines until her untimely death on 31 August 1997.

Now, at last, some of her most famous outfits will be returning to her former home at Kensington Palace in February to begin a year of commemorations of the 20th anniversary of her death.


Read more: Princess Diana’s life in pictures


Diana: My Fashion Story will feature 26 of her outfits, charting the evolution of her style over the years.

“The exhibition will bring together an extraordinary collection of garments, ranging from the glamorous evening gowns worn on engagements in the Eighties, to the chic Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana's working wardrobe in the Nineties,” the palace said.

“The princess' relationship with her favourite designers will also be explored through a display of some of their original fashion sketches, created for her during the design process.”

Princess Diana dancing with John Travolta in 1985

Princess Diana dancing with John Travolta in 1985

Curator Eleri Lynn added: “The 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.”


Read more: Rare and unseen photos from Princess Diana’s wedding


The Victor Edelstein dress, which she wore to dance with John Travolta at the White House in 1985, is amongst those going on display.

The pale pink Emanuel blouse worn by Diana for her official engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981 will also be available to see close up, alongside several Catherine Walker suits that made up her “working wardrobe” in the 1990s.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles' engagement photo in 1981

Princess Diana and Prince Charles' engagement photo in 1981

The palace gardens, meanwhile, will be transformed in homage of the late princess.

The temporary White Garden will feature “flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style”, including tulips, narcisii, forget-me-nots, English white roses, ornamental grasses, Cosmos daisies and “billows of graceful Gaura”.

Diana: My Fashion Story opens 24 February 2017.

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