Marking 20 years since her death, Diana: Her Fashion Story is an exhibition of many of the late princess’s iconic gowns and outfits. Each has its own story to tell as it charts her growth from Shy Di to confident style queen.
The exhibition is staged, fittingly, at Diana’s former home, Kensington Palace, set in acres of tranquil rolling parkland but a stone’s throw from the day-to-day normality of Kensington High Street, where Diana must have shopped.
The earliest gown featured is a blue and white frilly creation with nylon net lace overlay, worn by Diana as a debutante in 1979, when fashion was not part of her world.
Gowns featured include those by Yorkshire designer Bruce Oldfield , who once said that “dressing her was quite different to dressing the divas who were going to swish parties.”
As it tuned out, she was a natural. “Fashion is a very good medium to explore Princess Diana, because, although she didn’t want to be known as a clothes horse herself, she intuitively knew the language of fashion and used it as a tool to do her job,” says curator Ereli Lynn.
The “Elvis Dress”, worn in 1989 on a state visit to Hong Kong, covered in pearls and with a high collar jacket, is an exquisite piece, illustrating Diana’s height and shape. “Caroline Walker created an elongated torso,” explains Ms Lynn. “It really suited Diana and she then stuck to this silhouette for the rest of her life.
National Holidays is running two-day breaks, which start from £99 per person, and include a trip to see Diana – Her Fashion Story, coach travel, and one night dinner, bed and breakfast in a London hotel and free time in the capital.
National Holidays is offering one lucky winner and a friend the chance to win a break to see the exhibition, staying one night at a London hotel. Leaving from Leeds, the planned dates are November 19 or December 10.
To enter, simply email [email protected] with the answer to the following question and include your name, address and telephone number in the body of the message. Alternatively, you can send the answer in on a postcard to: Stephanie Smith, Features Dept, Yorkshire Post Newspapers, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds LS12 1BE.
The closing date for the competition is noon on Wednesday, July 12.
The winner will be the first correct answer selected at random. All terms and conditions can be found on www.yorkshirepost.co.uk.
Question: Which anniversary of Diana’s death does the Diana – Her Fashion Story mark?
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This competition is run by National Holidays and its PR and social media agency, Umpf, in association with Yorkshire Post Newspapers. Entrants may be contacted by representatives from either business.
Entrants must be 18 years of age or above.
The prize consists of a two-day break to enjoy the ‘Diana – Her Fashion Story’ exhibition plus coach travel, one night dinner, bed, and breakfast, plus time in London. No additional expenses are covered, and travel to departure points is not included. It is the winner’s responsibility to get to their nearest departure point.
The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash or prize alternative available. If the prize winner is unable to accept the prize or has not complied with the Terms and Conditions, the prize will be forfeit. If the winner wishes to travel with more people than those specified in the prize copy, additional tickets must be purchased.
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