How did Princess Diana really dress?
Diana Spencer burst onto the scene in the 1980s as Prince Charles’s girlfriend and very quickly his fiancée.
They married at St Paul’s Cathedral on May 29, 1981, and remained together until their divorce in 1996.
People across the world immediately connected to the Princess and future Queen-to-be.
She was well known for her warm personality, her charity work and her iconic fashion sense.
“Other influential factors included TV, particularly the fashions of Dallas, who can forget Sue Ellen’s shoulder pads and the high camp gowns from Dynasty, designed by the incomparable Nolan Miller.
“The 1990s was the time of ‘power dressing’ and the ‘Yuppie’. The Hollywood movie ‘Working Girl’ captures the moment, well-cut if baggy suits in bold colours, crash helmet hair and half a can of Elnette to hold it in place.”
Martin continued: “Princess Diana’s clothing in the early years of her marriage was fashionable but I think led early on by the up and coming Emmanuel’s.
“They were known for their Romantic inspired Couture which was at the time ‘Perfect’ for a 19-year-old new to be Princess. It ticked all the boxes.
“Diana had a discerning eye, the Emmanuel’s had just graduated from St Martins and their Studios were the place to go. On reflection critics have said their clothes were unflattering, frilly and nothing special.
“I disagree, they were of their time, frills and full gowns, puffed sleeves and lace were of the fashion.
“You only have to look at the new romantic movement to see what was all the rage. Both David and Elizabeth Emmanuel still produce stylish well cut and highly intricate couture for private clientele, Bridal Couture and ready to wear.
“Their clothes were groundbreaking and rich in embellishment, perfect for a young aristo who needed to make her mark on society.
— to www.express.co.uk