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Exhibition & garden honouring the life of Diana, Princess of Wales to open next year at Kensington Palace

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the tragic and sudden death of Diana, Princess of Wales. It has been announced today that a fashion exhibition and temporary garden will open at Kensington Palace next year to celebrate her life.

The late Princess of Wales lived at Kensington Palace for fifteen years. The fashion exhibition, titled Diana: Her Fashion Story will open on 24th of February, while the temporary garden, known as the White garden, will open in time for spring and summer.

Diana, Princess of Wales caught the attention of the public eye ever since her first appearance as a Princess, as well as patron, advocate, and trend-setter.

This fashion exhibition, according to the Historic Royal Palaces will: “Trace 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.”

Exquisite and celebrated outfits from throughout her public life will be on display. Glammerous evening gowns to the suits designed by Catherine Walker, the exhibition will examine the Princess’ relationship with the designers she loved. Their original sketches made during the design process will also be on display.

A few of the highlights of the exhibition include the Emanuel blouse Diana wore for her engagement portrait, the Victor Edelstein velvet blue gown she wore when she danced with John Travolta, and an Emanuel suit she wore to Venice in the 1980’s. This will be te first time these pieces will be on public display.

Curator of ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’, Eleri Lynn said: ‘Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most photographed women in the world, and every fashion choice she made was closely scrutinised. Our exhibition explores the story of a young woman who had to quickly learn the rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, who in the process put the spotlight on the British fashion industry and designers.

We see her growing in confidence throughout her life, increasingly taking control of how she was represented, and intelligently communicating through her clothes. This is a story many women around the world can relate to, and we hope many visitors will join us next year, to get a closer look at some of Diana’s most iconic outfits, on display in her former home.”

While she lived at Kensington Palace, Diana would admire the changing floral displays in the Sunken Garden. She would stop and spend time chatting with the gardeners responsible for tending it. Next year, the gardeners at Kensington Palace will dedicate a ‘new planting’ in the garden to the Princess by creating a temporary white garden.

This White Garden will be filled with flowers and foliage which is inspired from memories of Diana’s life, image and fashion style.

The Spring planting will contain: “An elegant palette of tulips and scented narcissi through a carpet of forget-me-nots.”

In the Summer, pots of English roses will surround the reflective pool located in the centre of the garden. The planting will become more festive with: “glowing ornamental grasses weaving through Cosmos daisies and billows of graceful Gaura.”

Sean Harkin, Garden Team Leader at Kensington Palace, said: “It’s a great privilege for myself and my team to care every day for the beautiful gardens of Kensington Palace, and we’re looking forward to creating a White Garden next year which celebrates the life of one the palace’s most famous residents: Diana, Princess of Wales. We hope to capture the energy and spirit which made her such a popular figure around the world.”

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