Friday, 29 November 2013

Fashion Rules at KP - Part 2 of 2

Following on from the last post here are the 5 dresses on display from the late Princess Diana.  All of these dresses were auctioned at her famous auction in June 1997.  Only one dress - the red Bruce Oldfield - was never worn in public, so we can only imagine what Diana would have looked like wearing it.
The 5 dresses in a circular cabinet.

Bruce Oldfield design.

This dress was bought by 2 ladies
in the USA who kindly loaned 
it to the exhibition.

Detail of the beading.
Blue Jaques Azagury worn on 
visit to Italy 1985.
Detail of the embroidery.

Bow detail on the drop waist.
Diana wearing the dress in 
Italy.  The blue fabric is no 
longer quite so vivid.

The rear view.

The dress was bought by a US 
magazine  (Life or Time I think!)
A beautiful pale pink Zandra Rhodes 

Lots of detail in the dress but it is so 
pale that it is hidden the fabric is 
painted with white and the beading 
is lovely - you need to see this up 
close to appreciate the detail.

The first outing on tour 
in Japan.
Diana wearing the dress a 
second time in London 
in a heat wave!

Ruching and sequins add 
to the detail.
A cute little frill on the tush!
here you can see the detailed pattern 
on the fabric and the sequin finish to the 
shaped hems.

The blue strapless Murray Arbeid dress.
Navy blue tulle covered in spangly 
stars covers a purple silk fabric to 
give this lovely iridescent effect.

Diana first wore the dress to see 
the premiere of Phantom of the Opera
in 1986.
Photo ITN - Diana at the premiere of 
Phantom 1986.
Snowdon's portrait of Diana for 
her "Dresses" auction catalogue 
in 1997.

Here you can see the iridescent 
fabric quite well.

And the lovely diamante stars.

The detail of the hem finishing.
Catherine Walker one shoulder 

This dress features lovely sequin 
work in shades of pink.

A side zip keeps the dress 
looking svelte.

Diana famously meets 
Liza Minelli in this dress.
Wearing the dress on tour in 
Brazil with her beautiful 
Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara.
Further detail of the sequins on 
the skirt.

Here you can see the back with 
long split.  In the background you 
can see one of the videos playing 
on the wall  - here Diana meeting 
Michael Jackson.  Sad how 2 
young people are now 
both deceased :-(

And those cushions again as I left!

Portraits of residents past and present at KP.

Diana by Testino.

And the lovely Julie Verhoven Diana Wallpaper!  
I have the scarves which were made in this 
same design...that's for another post sometime.


  1. Fingers crossed this comment comes through OK - I did one on the last post but it wouldn't work....blogger!

    It all looks wonderful - I love all the detail on the back of the dress from Part 1 and isn't it amazing how tiny the waists were!!

    I remember Diana wearing that blue star/sparkle/net skirt dress!!!

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Hi PP - Yes Blogger - it causes me no end of hassle trying to post too!!! Very temperamental! Glad you liked the posts yes the waists were tiny indeed! Glad to see the Royals suffer the same expansion as the rest of us though with middle age LOL!
    I think the blue dress Diana wore is very dated now but the others less so. It was lovely to see it though. SAx

  3. Such a contrast to Part I, more drama here it seems, versus a sort of quiet glamour. Love seeing these, thanks so much for posting! NN

  4. I really enjoyed these pics, thanks for sharing... x