Explore the evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales’ innate sense of style in a new display at her former London home.
In this elegant new display in the historic galleries of Kensington Palace, a piece from Diana’s wardrobe will complement original sketches created for her during the design process.
Diana’s handwritten comments, added alongside her favourite designs, demonstrate the joy she found in fashion.
Currently on display
‘Travolta’ dress by Victor Edelstein, 1985
Designed for the Princess by fashion designer Victor Edelstein, this striking midnight blue dress is now on public display at Kensington Palace to celebrate the reopening of the palace this summer.
The midnight blue velvet gown became legendary when the Princess wore it to a White House Gala in 1985 and took to the dancefloor with John Travolta. Images of the Princess and the Hollywood actor dancing together made headlines around the world, securing a place in fashion history for the stunning gown.
Sketches by David Sassoon
David Sassoon was one of Diana, Princess of Wales’ favourite designers. This collection of sketches charts the Princess’s move from the romantic outfits of her marriage to the confident working wardrobe of her later life.
Designs include a sketch for her going away outfit, worn to board the train for her honeymoon in 1981, and a playful tuxedo-style evening dress worn in 1989.
Also among the display is an annotated sketch for a white chiffon maternity dress, which the Princess wore when pregnant with Prince William and then again with Prince Harry.
KENSINGTON PALACE IS OPEN WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY
At peak times we anticipate a high volume of visitors, so please do allow for queuing time.
Included in Palace admission. Online ticket prices to 03/04 are £15.30 with concessions. Tickets bought at the Palace are £17.00 with concessions.
- Advance bookings and the online rates are only available when booked at least one day prior to your visit. If you intend to purchase tickets on the day of your visit, you can only do so at the Palace, for the next available time slot, at the gate rate.
- Online tickets must be printed at home or posted in advance. A collect-on-site option is not available at Kensington Palace.