Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace has been home to a selection of 25 of Princess Diana’s most iconic dresses for just over a year now. I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice.

The Palace itself is a gorgeous spot, tucked into Kensington Gardens and seemingly miles away from the hustle and bustle of High Street Kensington.

The Diana exhibit is on the ground floor of one wing of the palace, and features some of her clothes, specially borrowed (some from far afield collectors) for the occasion.

There’s a lot of glass around, so some items were harder to photograph than others.  And some, like the dress below, are just automatically recognisable. The one in the foreground was worn in the late 1970s, and was the then Lady Diana Spencer’s first adult evening wear.

The check outfit below was one she famously wore in Balmoral on her honeymoon. Below that is the outfit in which she danced with John Travolta at the White House.

More formal wear like this Elvis-inspired outfit show their ornamentation and detail.

This “falcon” dress was worn in Saudi Arabia (the bird is that country’s national symbol) and was just exquisite.  It was designed by Catherine Walker.

More Catherine Walker designs featured in the Princess’s working day wardrobe.

The final room featured iconic and instantly recognisable dresses worn in one of the Princess’s final Vanity Fair shoots.

Back outside, the final tribute to Diana comes in the shape of a specially designed “white garden” containing flowers and plants inspired by her.


    • Thanks Ian – it’s definitely worth a visit! Some gorgeous artworks there. I can imagine that it’s a lovely spot for birdwatching too 😁.

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