Princess Diana’s ‘Revenge Dress’ On Show At Bleinheim Palace

NEWBRIDGE SILVERWARE and THE MUSEUM OF STYLE ICONS have loaned a selection of PRINCESS DIANA‘s items to two fabulous FASHION EXHIBITIONS taking place this year …

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2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death and there are two fashion exhibitions taking place this year that will honour the late Princess. ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story‘ at Kensington Palace (opened on February 24 and runs until 2018) celebrates the life of Princess Diana and charts the evolution of her style, from the demure, romantic outfits she wore at the beginning of her public appearances right up to the more glamorous and confident looks she wore towards the end of her young life.

A Passion For Fashion: 300 Years of Style‘ at Bleinheim Palace (11 February-23 April) displays a wide selection of garments worn in the Palace over the past three centuries, including pieces from Princess Diana’s wardrobe as well as some clothing worn by Winston Churchill who was born at Bleinheim Palace in 1874, and some recent designs by Dior who held their cruise collection at the Palace in May 2016.

Newbridge Silverware and The Museum of Style Icons own two of Diana’s most treasured pieces. The first is a pale pink Emanuele blouse which she wore in a portrait for Vogue, published around the same time as the announcement was made of her engagement to the Prince of Wales. This blouse is currently on show at the exhibition at Kensington Palace.

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The second piece is a Christina Stambolian black off-the-shoulder dress, often referred to as ‘The Revenge Dress’. In 1994, on the day Prince Charles confessed to his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, Princess Diana attended a Vanity Fair party at the Serpentine Gallery where she debuted the figure-hugging dress which she had previously thought was too daring for her to wear. Now that’s one way to make a statement.

Forever a fashion icon, Princess Diana’s wardrobe includes many more pieces to be inspired by, with an extensive collection of them on display at Kensington Palace. Both exhibitions taking place this year promise to be a fascinating journey through the history of fashion and will be well worth a visit.

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