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Diana, Princess of Wales, Dress Collection at Kensington Palace, London

Kensington Palace Diana Dress Collection copyright Historic Royal Palaces A permanent collection of evening dresses worn by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is part of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Kensington Palace. Fourteen evening gowns feature in the display. They are:

1 Black velvet, Bruce Oldfield, 1985
Full-length dress in black velvet with a V-neck and a deep V at back, closed with a black velvet rose at the neckline. It has a draped waist and gathered skirt. Worn for Gala performance of Les Miserables.

2 White silk chiffon, Zandra Rhodes, 1987
Diaphanous, three-quarter length evening dress, printed win white all over with a design of buttons and bows. The bodice is softly draped and trimmed with silver and pearlised sequins and drawn in at the waist with a white satin corded belt. Worn for Birthright function.

3 Burgundy velvet, Catherine Walker, 1985
Full-length dress in deep rich burgundy crushed velvet. The dress is cut with a straight neck and long sleeves, with a deep V back and finished with a bow made from burgundy silk taffeta shot with black. Worn for premiere of Back to the Future.

4 Ink blue silk velvet, Victor Edelstein, 1985
Long, formal dinner dress with intricate draping across the body with a bow below the waist and a slight-bustle at the back, forming off the shoulder straps. Worn for State dinner at the White House (Travolta dress).

5 Dark green silk velvet, Victor Edelstein, 1985
The rich fabric of this full-length dress is gathered at the front and back of the bodice, extending to below the hips. It is finished with three buttons at the back and on each cuff. Worn for private entertaining.

6 Green taffeta tartan, Catherine Walker, 1990
The black velvet bodice of this dress is piped in scarlet velvet and has a square neckline. The cuffs and the dropped waist are cut into a point. The full skirt in green, red and black tartan is worn over a full petticoat. Worn for Gala dinner at the Guildhall and dance at Balmoral Castle.

7 Dark green sequinned, Catherine Walker, 1986
This long evening dress is embroidered all over with dark sea green sequins. It has a wide V-neck and long sleeves, is niched down the central seam and has a slit to the knee at the front. Worn during visit to Vienna and a film premiere (Biggies in 1993).

8 Ivory silk one-sleeved, pink sequins, Catherine Walker, 1991
Full length, one-sleeved, embroidered with pink sequins and woven with gold thread to create a pattern of shimmering flowers. Worn on a visit to Brazil and a film premiere (Stepping Out).

9 Pink wild silk with embroidered bolero, Catherine Walker, 1992
The bodices of the dress and the bolero jacket are embroidered all over with pink and white flowers, green sequins, star shaped sequins, gold glass beads and gold braid. The long, full skirt is gathered from the hips. Worn during a visit to India.

10 Grey silk, sarong style, beaded bodice, Catherine Walker, 1990
The bodice has a halter neck and is embroidered with simulated pearls and sequins and an asymmetrical waist. The long skirt is draped across to a sarong style sash at the left side and has a side slit. Worn for private entertaining.

11 Burgundy velvet with tailcoat, Catherine Walker, 1990
A full-length strapless dress worn under a tailcoat which is embroidered at the front, on the cuffs, at the back of the neck and on the coat tails. The design of the embroidery is of flowers and leaves worked in gold thread and the flowers are defined with simulated pearl beads. Worn for premiere of Steel Magnolias and visit to Korea.

12 Ivory silk crepe, Catherine Walker, 1993
Long, formal dinner dress with draped panel curving around the shoulders, twisting across the front and extending down to the waist, to end at the back of the dress below the hips. Worn during visit to Malaysia.

13 Black velvet, halterneck, Catherine Walker, 1994
Ankle-length dress with contrasting textures created with strips of black bugle beads, edged with round black beads, trimming the neck and left hip. Worn to official dinner, Versailles.

14 Navy blue crepe, one-sleeved, Catherine Walker, 1990
Simple one-sleeved dress trimmed at the asymmetrical neckline and cuff with three rows of gold braid. The skirt is slit to the knee at the centre back. Worn for private entertaining.


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