The only one woman to ever have had the biggest impact on fashion.

I had intended to compare two beautiful women and their choice of fashion in this post, but the more I researched, the more I could see that this is one pair of Jimmy Choo’s that simply cannot be filled.

 Designed by Victor Edelstein . Black silk velvet edged with black ribbed silk. Diana wearing this dress adorns the cover of Life magazine, November 1997

Princess Diana dressed to suit her mood as well as every event she dressed for and when she first walked out on center stage at her wedding in 1981 the world watched. Her evolving style played an important role in creating her public image choosing British designer Catherine Walker and other foreign designers, including Versace, John Galliano, Valentino, Ferraud Ungaro, Lacroix and Moschino among her favorites, after the breakdown of her marriage, her new image became young and confident.  For me, this is how I remember her, a fashion icon who was now injecting a dose of Hollywood glamour into British Royalty. She knew what worked for her body, the patterns, prints and colours. Hemlines got shorter, heels taller. She had a knack of making casual look chic and her choice of clothes spoke volumes as the once shy girl’s confidence grew.

The names David and Elizabeth Emmanuel surely have to be among the designers named among Diana’s favorites, responsible for the sumptuous ivory taffeta and antique lace wedding dress created for the future Princess which included a 25-metre train.  The wedding gown was described as a dress that “had to be something that was going to go down in history, but also something that Diana loved”, and of which would be “suitably dramatic in order to make an impression.” It certainly did that! All eyes on how creased it was as Diana stepped from the carriage. The gown, in true 80’s style, still remains in my list of top ten most favourite wedding gowns to date.

 Worn for a photo-shoot by her favourite photographer Mario Testino for the magazine Vanity Fair, this Catherine Walker ivory silk crepe gown with draped bodice was also worn to the state banquet for the King and Queen of Malaya. 

Diana’s style suited the pages of Vogue and Vanity fair more so than the corridors of the Palace.

Black silk crepe with asymmetric ruched bodice and side sash, designed by Christina Stambolian. Diana wore this dress in 1993 to the Serpentine Gallery.

Designed by Catherine Walker. Pale blue chiffon ball gown with matching stole.
Diana wore this chiffon gown several times in public. In 1997 at the Cannes film festival and again to a film opening.

Designed by Gina Fratini. White chiffon gown trimmed with pearlised sequins and beads.
Diana wore this to a ballet in Rio de Janiero.

Designed by Catherine Walker. This strapless taffeta evening gown is adorned with blue flowers.

This stunning midnight blue dinner dress  the Princess wore to a State dinner at the White House in Washington in 1985, was inspired by the Edwardian era. The gown designed by Victor Edelstein in silk and velvet was made specifically for the event.

Many of these gowns were auctioned by Christies. For the full list of gown information and cost raised at auction, please visit the auction website here.

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