Take a twirl in Princess Diana’s most iconic dresses

Diana and John Travolta dancing at the White House in 1985 (credit: The White House)
Diana and John Travolta dancing at the White House in 1985 (credit: The White House)

Though it’s hard to believe, it’s been nearly twenty years since Princess Diana of Wales died in August 1997. To mark the anniversary of her death, Kensington Palace will stage an exhibit called “Diana: Her Fashion Story” starting in February, that will display a selection of the people’s princesses’ most iconic outfits.

The clothes will trace the princess’ style transformation from her early, demure ensembles to the more daring choices she made later in life. Among the outfits available to view will be her evening gowns, her Catherine Walker suits, the pink Emanuel blouse she wore for her engagement portrait and the Victor Edelstein gown she wore at the White House in 1985 when she danced with John Travolta. The so-called “Travolta Dress” most recently sold at auction for £240,000 ($360,000) in 2013 to “a British gentleman as a surprise to cheer up his wife,” the auction house said at the time.

In addition to the fashion exhibit, Kensington Palace will also be dedicating its White Garden to Diana, planting “flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style.”