Imagine today with the late Princess Diana to guide our way? “The People’s Princess,” Diana’s legacy will forever be synonymous with divinity, encapsulating all the good this world has to offer. Not the least of which the fashion world.
I remember being young and idolizing Princess Diana, not for her royal status, but for her charisma. She was everything you’d want in a role model: kind, good, beautiful, loving, philanthropic, and independent. Diana was as close to a living deity as this world has ever known. And for that reason, the world went dark on the night of her tragic passing in Paris over twenty years ago. Diana’s death dimmed not only the UK and The City of Lights; the entire planet has been little less bright without her. That being so, Diana’s legacy lives on: in her sons, in her charities, in her spirit, and yes, even in her fashion.
Mother. Humanitarian. Friend. Princess. Rebel. The least of Diana’s titles might be Fashion Icon, but that’s a testament to the woman she was, not her taste level. From a fashion standpoint, I would say Diana was infallible. She made choices that pushed boundaries and proved time and time again she played by her own set of rules.
From THE wedding dress to THE little black revenge dress, Diana’s influence on the world of fashion is unmatched. For context, I wanted to do this post because as a child Diana was IT for me. I wanted to be “like Princess Diana” when I grew up, then eventually I realized the closest I would get to “Playing Princess Di” would be her attire. As I tried to recreate her most memorable looks I kept uncovering more inspiring options so I assure you, I know the following list is not comprehensive. Finally I landed on the 12 looks below, but I’ve taken some liberties. While reimagining these styles I’ve broken some fashion rules, just as Diana did on many occasions, but I think you’ll find the essence of the Princess in each of these options.
“I don’t go by the rule book; I lead from the heart, not the head.” – Princess Diana
DECEMBER, 1981 – LONDON V&A Museum attending the ‘Splendours of the Gonzagas’ exhibition Designed by Bellville Sassoon
“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.” – Princess Diana