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CaptionDiana once stated that she wanted to be thought of as a workhorse not a clotheshorse. Diana loved clothes. They were a passion and a public duty. As Princess of Wales her wardrobe requirements were complex. Outfits were needed for her duties as a member of the Royal Family overseas trips charity work and the many official functions and charity galas that required eveningwear. From the early days of her engagement it was inevitable that everything that she wore every new accessory and change of hairstyle would be scrutinised. The Princess understood that millions of people followed her as a fashion icon and that the crowds who gathered to meet her expected glamour. She also understood that the worldwide media her image generated could be used to good effect - to raise money for the causes she so passionately supported. The Exhibition displays 28 outfits from the early 1980s to her last public engagement. They reveal inevitable changes in fashion style and the development of a young girl to a confident and mature woman. In the 1980s the Princess supported the British Fashion Industry wearing clothes by Victor Edelstein Murray Arbeid the Emanuels Belville Sassoon Catherine Walker Bruce Oldfield and Gina Fratini. Diana placed British Fashion with its traditions of classic tailoring for day and romantic evening wear in the international spotlight. Like any young woman Diana experimented and not all her outfits were a total success but in the 1990s a distinct change began. The Princess now had the resources independence and experience to create a unique personal style. British designers continued to provide outfits notably Catherine Walker and Jacques Azagury but increasingly she turnedto international designers Versace Valentino and Lacroix and the French Couture Houses of Dior and Chanel. Her look became more International with a sophisticated and simple silhouette. The effect was all in the detail which became her hallmark. Superb cut and materials worn with co-ordinated accessories handbags jewellery and shoes. Diana's image will inevitably define the style of the late 20th Century.
HeadlineDiana: A Celebration at the ancestral home
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