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Published: 10/03/2017   Last Updated: 10/03/2017 18:05:06   Tags: London Living

One of the best things about living in SW London is how many events are so easily available. If you are a fashion fan you probably will have already clocked that it is the 20th anniversary of Lady Diana Spencer’s death. And to mark the event a new exhibition and temporary garden celebrating her life has been opened at Kensington Palace, where she lived for over 15 years.

‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ traces the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. From her very first days in the public eye, everything Diana wore was closely scrutinised, and the exhibition explores how she build on her unique position, learning to use her image to engage and inspire people, and to champion the causes she cared about.

The exhibition ranges from the glamorous evening gowns worn on engagements in the 1980s, to the chic Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana’s ‘working wardrobe’ in the 1990s. In addition the Princess’s relationship with some of her favourite designers is explored through a display of some of their original fashion sketches, created during the design process. Diana really did help London and British designers back onto the world stage.

Some of the highlights of the exhibition are the pale pink Emanuel blouse worn for Diana’s engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981, and Victor Edelstein’s iconic ink blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta.