Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress Will Be On Display soon

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If you’re a royal history buff, you might want to book a trip soon (when it’s safe) to Kensington Palace, where you’ll soon be able to catch a glimpse of Princess Diana’s wedding gown. It’s set to be on display there for the first time since 1995.
Princess Diana’s dress was loaned by her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, to the upcoming “Royal Style in the Making” exhibit, which will be installed in Kensington Palace’s Orangery from June 3 to January 2, per Marie Claire. It was part of a previous exhibition there in 1995 and in between was on display at Princess Diana’s childhood home in Althorp.

The dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel and is, to be blunt, very early ’80s. The sleeves are enormous, though balanced by the full skirt, both of which are dwarfed by a 25-foot-long train. A version of the dress was recreated for Netflix’s The Crown and can be seen in promotions for the fourth season, though there wasn’t an episode about the wedding.

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Exhibition curator Matthew Storey said in a press release, per Marie Claire, “Our summer exhibition at Kensington Palace will shine a spotlight on some of the greatest talents of British design, whose work has been instrumental in shaping the visual identity of the royal family across the 20th century.”
He continued, “While one of the highlights will undoubtedly be Diana, Princess of Wales’s show-stopping Emanuel-designed wedding dress—which goes on show at the palace for the first time in 25 years—we’ve got some real surprises up our sleeve for fashion fans.”
Even decades after her death, Princess Diana’s signature style continues to inspire. She’s become something of an avatar for high-minded, nostalgic fashionistas. Her wedding gown, of course, is instantly recognizable, but so too are her colorful sweaters. See, below, just a few times Kate Middleton has channeled her.

The dress will be displayed from June. Credit: Royal Collection Trust

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