She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

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She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Creating a style is a whole pack. Princess Diana has become an icon, not only with her clothes and accessories, but also with her sophistication, simplicity, modesty, nobleness, elegance, helpfulness and sensibility.

Even after death, we still know the icon princess Diana.

FOREVER a fashion icon, Princess Diana’s sense of flair is as relevant today as it was when she first stepped out in her famous outfits.

Diana – Princess of fashion: How she created a timeless and elegant style?


She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Princess Diana

Princess Diana, also known as Diana Spencer, came from a noble family and was always in close contact with the royal family due to her family.

Princess Diana (as she was known) was the consort of Charles, Prince of Wales. What seemed to millions like a fairy tale marriage turned to public scandal and then divorce, with much of the public adopting her as “The People’s Princess.” She was the mother of Prince William, currently in line for the throne after his father, Diane’s former husband, and of Prince Harry. She was also known for her charity work and her fashion image.

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Princess Diana Style-90s…

Lady Diana Frances Spencer was also known as Lady Diana and Lady Di. She lived from July 1, 1961 to August 31, 1997. Her proper title during marriage was Diana, Princess of Wales, rather than Princess Diana, though the latter is how so much of the world knows her.


Her Life Story

She  was born in Sandringham, one of the queen’s private properties on July 1, 1961, and spent his childhood years there. Diana’s father is said to have worked for the royal family for a time. Her mother, had left them as a child, so Diana had an introvert childhood. Her brother, the Earl Spencer, reminisced that she was ‘incredibly brave,’ even as a young girl.

As a child, Diana read her aunt’s fairy tale books and was completely immersed in her life and never sent anybody into her private life, so she decided to hide herself for marriage because she was sure that she would marry someone important.

In school, the future princess failed all her O -levels-  twice. However, Diana had a sense that she was destined for something important. “I knew that something profound was coming my way,” she said in the documentary  “I was just treading water, waiting for it” Diana,  in her own words…

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Princess Diana on the red carpet

Diana’s parents divorced in 1969. Her mother ran away with a wealthy heir, and her father gained custody of the children. He later married Raine Legge, whose mother was Barbara Cartland, a romance novelist.

Diana was the third of four children. Her sister Lady Sarah Spencer married Neil McCorquodale; before she married, Sarah and Prince Charles dated. Diana’s sister Lady Jane married Robert Fellowes, an assistant secretary to Queen Elizabeth II. Their brother, Charles Spencer, Earl Spencer, was a godson of Queen Elizabeth II.

She renewed her contacts with the royal family, and her friendship with Charles grew in 1980. On February 24, 1981, their engagement was announced, and on July 29, 1981, they were married in St. Paul’s Cathedral in a globally televised ceremony watched by an audience numbering in the hundreds of millions. Their first child, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, was born on June 21, 1982, and their second, Prince Henry (“Harry”) Charles Albert David, on September 15, 1984. Marital difficulties led to a separation between Diana and Charles in 1992, though they continued to carry out their royal duties and jointly participate in raising their two children. They divorced on August 28, 1996, with Diana receiving a substantial settlement.

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Diana’s unprecedented popularity as a member of the royal family, both in Britain and throughout the world, attracted considerable attention from the press, and she became one of the most-photographed women in the world. Although she used that celebrity to great effect in promoting her charitable work, the media (in particular the aggressive freelance photographers known as paparazzi) were often intrusive. It was while attempting to evade journalists that Diana was killed, along with her companion, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul, in an automobile accident in a tunnel under the streets of Paris in 1997.

Though the photographers were initially blamed for causing the accident, a French judge in 1999 cleared them of any wrongdoing, instead faulting Paul, who was found to have had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit at the time of the crash and to have taken prescription drugs incompatible with alcohol. In 2006 a Scotland Yard inquiry into the incident also concluded that the driver was at fault. In April 2008, however, a British inquest jury ruled both the driver and the paparazzi guilty of unlawful killing through grossly negligent driving, though it found no evidence of a conspiracy to kill Diana or Fayed, an accusation long made by Fayed’s father

Her death and funeral produced unprecedented expressions of public mourning, testifying to her enormous hold on the British national psyche. The image of Prince William, then age 15, and Prince Harry, then age 12, walking solemnly with their father behind Diana’s casket in her funeral cortege became iconic.


People’s Princess…

After the divorce, Diana maintained her high public profile and continued many of the activities she had earlier undertaken on behalf of charities, supporting causes as diverse as the arts, children’s issues, and AIDS patients. She also was involved in efforts to ban land mines. To ensure that William and Harry had “an understanding of people’s emotions, their insecurities, people’s distress, and their hopes and dreams,” Diana brought her sons with her to hospitals, homeless shelters, and orphanages. To acquaint them with the world outside of royal privilege, she took them to fast food restaurants and on public transportation. Her compassion, personal warmth, humility, and accessibility earned her the sobriquet “the People’s Princess”…

Princess Diana captured the world’s attention as a royal trendsetter, but during her time in the public eye, she also became a prominent philanthropic force. Diana worked tirelessly on behalf of charities around the world, using her fame to raise awareness of a number of important humanitarian issues. Twenty years after her death, here’s why Diana will always be remembered as the “People’s Princess.”

She Changed The Face Of The British Monarchy

Through her charity work, Diana highlighted how royalty, which had previously been known for its stuffiness, could be in touch with the public. In her interview with BBC’s Panorama in 1995, she said, “I would like a monarchy that has more contact with its people.” This statement became something of a personal mission for the Princess. Diana was at some point patron of over 100 charities. During her many visits to hospitals, schools and fundraising galas, she became known for spending hours talking to people and listening to their stories. Although she found the media’s intrusion into her personal life “intolerable,” Diana found a way to use this to bring attention to the people and the causes that needed it most.

She Made Regular Visits To Homeless Centers

Despite relinquishing most of her charitable causes after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996, Diana became patron of Centrepoint in 1992 and remained in the role until her death in 1997. Both William and Harry were taken by the Princess to see the help offered at the charity’s shelters and, at the age of 23, William followed in his mother’s footsteps when he became patron. Speaking at the time, he told The Telegraph: “My mother introduced that sort of area to me a long time ago. It was a real eye-opener and I am very glad she did. It has been something I have held close to me for a long time.”

She Reached Out To Children

Diana displayed a great affinity for young people and became a champion for some the most vulnerable. As patron of The Royal Marsden Hospital, known for treating childhood cancers, and Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children, she was often pictured comforting children and made a personal connection with many. Speaking about her work with the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, she said: “I make the trips at least three times a week, and spend up to four hours at a time with patients holding their hands and talking to them. Some of them will live and some will die, but they all need to be loved while they are here. I try to be there for them.”

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Princess Diana and her sons Prince William and Prince Harry


How Princess Diana Became A Fashion Icon?

Although we’re well aware of all the goodness and compassion Diana, Princess of Wales, spread throughout the world, her personal style was the first thing that dazzled (and in some cases, scandalized) the public. From her early days as a young, shy assistant teacher to her public and glamorous life as a royal, Diana’s style left an indelible mark on the world of fashion.

Glittering gowns, elegant suits and bold mini dresses worn by the late Princess Diana are on show at Kensington Palace, marking the 20th anniversary of her death. The exhibition charts her evolving style.

In 1997 the influential fashion photographer Mario Testino shot a series of seminal images of Princess Diana wearing Gianni Versace for Vanity Fair magazine. These photographs have come to define the look and glamour of a woman who became an important fashion icon of the twentieth century. In the early twenty-first century, media interest in her image remained undiminished.

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana and Her Family

From that moment the princess became an international figure, photographed and documented wherever she went, and she became a global fashion icon.

Diana loved clothes; they were a personal passion but also a requirement of her new public life. As one of the most important members of the British royal family, her wardrobe requirements were fixed in a world that required ball gowns and matching hats, shoes, and handbags, items that were not typical of mainstream fashion for young women in the early 1980s.

It is not surprising then that in the early years of her marriage she was steered toward established British fashion designers, including Murray Arbeid, Belville Sassoon, and Gini Fratini, whose traditions of classic tailoring for day and romantic evening wear dated back fifty years. Diana was, however, determined to stamp a modern and youthful personal style on this public and formal persona, and, more than any other British designer, Catherine Walker helped her to develop an elegant, tailored look that became her own.

In the two decades since her death, Princess Diana has joined the ranks of the best-dressed women in history, maintaining her status not only as the royal family’s first ever global celebrity but also, the ultimate fashion icon.

She rubbed elbows with the glitterati of the style and music worlds, including her close friend Gianni Versace, who would go on to dress her for many of her most upscale appearances (and who was tragically killed less than two months before her). And although she took more fashion risks later in her life, once she was out of the clutches of the royal family, she demonstrated a keen understanding of style from her earliest pictures.


From prim British Lady to glamorous international figure, Princess Diana’s aesthetic sensibilities cemented her as a modern style icon.


Even as a young girl, Diana demonstrated a keen understanding of fashion. This photo, taken in 1971 at the age of 10, shows that Diana was on top of the emerging trends of the decade, including floppy hats, which would become the style hallmark of the prairie look:

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana-1971

On her honeymoon with Prince Charles in Scotland, Diana began to take otherwise staid British fashion staples like tweed into new territory, in a looser silhouette that was indicative of the 1980s:

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana-1981

Just two months shy of giving birth to her first son, Prince William, here Diana shows she’s started to adopt the aesthetic of the decade: a wide-shouldered, deconstructed coat and a frilly blouse that would become the enduring look of the 1980s business woman:

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana-1982

Photo:1985: By the middle of the decade, Diana had settled into her public life and started to experiment with the styles of the time. Dresses like this gold-and-silver one by designer Bruce Oldfield garnered her the nickname “Dynasty Di.”

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana-1985

Photo:1987: Compared to her glitzier looks of the mid-80s, this dress proved Princess Diana was a style chameleon who could walk the line between elegant and risque. She famously wore this same dress two years earlier for an official event at the White House where she danced with John Travolta.

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana-1987

Although designer Catherine Walker said the silhouette of this bolero was inspired by Elizabethan ruffs, the press declared this Diana’s “Elvis dress.” :

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana-1989

Pictured here attending a wedding with a young Prince Harry, Diana proves that matching clothing and accessories can look very chic:

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana and her son Harry-1992

Diana’s off-duty style was as on-trend as her formal looks. She was sporty and classic — a look often mirrored by her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton:

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana-1994

By now, Diana was separated from Charles and out from under the clutches of the royal family. Her style began to take a riskier and sexier route:

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana-1994_2

For a concert in Italy, Diana wore a slinky white mini dress designed by her friend, Gianni Versace.:She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana-1995Diana attends the Met Costume Institute Gala in a lingerie-inspired design from John Galliano’s premiere collection for Christian Dior:

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana-1996

By the time she was officially divorced from Prince Charles, Diana embraced the quintessential body-con look of the 1990s, favouring short, form-fitted dresses with a lower neckline:

She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

Lady Diana-1997




She’s More Than Style Icon: Princess Diana

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