Princess Diana never let much stand in the way of her advocacy projects – not even a terrifying field of landmines. Her dedication to at-risk communities was documented in an iconic photograph during her high-profile visit to Angola in 1997, during which she donned a protective vest and helmet over a classic white shirt and a pair of cream chinos by Armani. Now, royal fans can see the ensemble up close at the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition at her former home.
This outfit is particularly special for many reasons. First, it has been loaned by the icon's sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and second, this outfit was worn for one of Diana's last public appearances before her death a few months later.
It's not just this outfit that's new to the display at Kensington Palace – fans can also see the eye-catching, purple Versace gown that the royal wore to a Chicago fundraising gala as well as the incredible pink Bellville Sassoon suit she wore while boarding a train on her way to her honeymoon in 1981. A sky blue Catherine Walker day dress worn on an official tour of New Zealand in April 1983 has also been added, in addition to a striking black and red evening gown, also by the same designer, worn to a Pavarotti concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1995.
The curator of the exhibition, Eleri Lynn, said of the display: "Diana, Princess of Wales was one of the most photographed women in the world, and it's no coincidence that so many of her outfits are now among the most easily recognizable in fashion history. Through Diana: Her Fashion Story we explore the evolution of a young woman who had to first learn the rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, then master the art of creating her own signature style.