Historic Royal Palaces is to feature one of Diana, Princess of Wales’s most iconic evening gowns in a new display, Designing for a Princess, at Kensington Palace.
Following the hugely popular Diana: Her Fashion Story, that closed on 17 February, a new small fashion display dedicated to the Princess has been unveiled. As the Princess of Wales is so closely associated with Kensington Palace’s history, visitors will be able to enjoy the new feature, included in admission which will open with the Catherine Walker-designed evening dress she wore at a 1988 state dinner in Bangkok.
Alongside will be a rotating selection of fashion sketches created for the Princess by David Sassoon, one of her favourite couturiers. This is the first time these sketches have been on display at the palace where Diana would have first seen them, and include designs for the outfit she wore to embark on her honeymoon, as well as a red velvet maternity dress worn when she was pregnant with Prince William. The striking Catherine Walker dress will be on show until May 2019, after-which a new centrepiece will take the starring role in this ever-evolving display.
The Designing for a Princess display is now open and will run alongside the forthcoming new exhibitions to mark the two hundredth anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth – Victoria; Woman and crown and the re-presented rooms she grew up in; Victoria; A royal childhood, both opening 24 May 2019, see www.hrp.org.uk/Victoria2019