DIANA’S DRESSES: The Duchess of Cambridge’s style might be garnering all the buzz these days, but London’s Kensington Palace is set to unveil a display next year that highlights some of the pieces from Princess Diana’s celebrated wardrobe.
The display of five dresses — some of which are on show in the U.K. for the first time — will launch at Kensington Palace March 26. The centerpiece of the show will be the black silk taffeta Emanuel gown that cemented Diana’s status as a fashion plate when she wore it at her first official engagement with Prince Charles in 1981. The other dresses on show are a fuchsia silk chiffon sari-style dress and an ivory silk crepe dinner dress, both by Catherine Walker, a black and white cocktail dress by Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany and a black silk shift dress by Versace.
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The dresses will be presented against a set created by interior designer Finola Inger, while Julie Verhoeven has designed bespoke wallpaper for the space to highlight the late Princess of Wales’ key fashion moments. The display, called “Diana,” will be on show as part of the celebrations to mark a $19 million revamp of Kensington Palace in time for Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee and the London Olympics, which both take place in 2012.