Princess Diana's sharp sense of style revisited alongside memory wall at Bath Fashion Museum

By Laura Burgess | 08 September 2010
Red & black evening dress, Murray Arbeid, 1986
Red and black evening dress, Murray Arbeid (1986)
Exhibition: The Diana Dresses, Fashion Museum, Bath, until January 9 2011

Ever since the engagement between Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the public has been fixated on Diana as a popular female figure. Alongside charity work and a controversial private life, Diana underwent a transformation from shy siren into one of the world's most photographed style icons of the 90s.

This exhibition at Bath and North-East Somerset Council's Fashion Museum is inviting visitors to reminisce about Diana's style with a special memory wall and look at a range of evening dresses worn by the Princess.

People can share their memories of Diana by writing on the wall, with the messages then posted on the museum's website and Facebook page.

Visitors can see dresses worn during the Royal tours of Canada and New Zealand in the early 1980s, and the little black cocktail dresses by Versace from the 1990s. The collection totals ten outfits that were recently featured at Kensington Palace.

Dotted net dress & shawl, Regamus, 1978
Dotted net dress & shawl, Regamus, 1978© Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Fashion Museum
The woman who dressed for comfort and wore little make-up suddenly became very traditional and patriotic, showing her love for British designers. 

Diana's wardrobe was only for the clothes that she liked the most, with couturier Catherine Walker's pieces featuring most heavily.

With the help of Vogue deputy editor Anna Harvey, Diana experimented with a list of fashionistas, yet still managed to look diplomatic.

After her divorce, in the final few years of her life, Diana wore foreign designers – Moschino, Valentino and John Galliano – her love for Dior handbags making them one of the most-have accessories of all time.

The public's admiration of Diana goes beyond her hard work, and during 16 years spent in the spotlight she continuously improved her own sense of style.
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