Eleri Lynn, curator of the exhibition is quoted as saying:
“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.”
The exhibition brings together an extraordinary collection of garments that contributed to her role as a leading image maker, ranging from glamorous evening gowns to tailored Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana’s wardrobe in the 90s. Highlights include the Victor Edelstein dress she wore at the White House in 1985 when she was pictured dancing with John Travolta. The dress sold at auction four years ago for £240,000.