Article on Diana’s Queen Mary’s Tiara

A neat article on one of Diana’s most famous Tiaras

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Diana Appears in Fabulous Frocks

Diana takes her place in line with her peers in the fashion world in the new book Fabulous Frocks. The book covers the history of the dress and how it has evovled over the years.Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel are featured in the book

Travolta Dress on Ebay

Diana’s famous Travolta gown appeared on Ebay, The auction Ended Dec 27th   with no bidders. The gown is currently on display at Kensington Palace. This gown fetched the most money at the Auction in 1997  at the price of $222,500. The Princess wore this dress to a State Dinner at the White House given by President and Mrs. Reagan, at which the late Princess Diana danced with famed Hollywood actor John Travolta.

This was the night she dances, first with actor Clint Eastwood, then singer Neil Diamond and finally, with John Travolta of Saturday Night Fever fame. Travolta later described the experience: “I was told the White House Party was one of the biggest nights of her life. To say that I was honored, would be an understatement, because it was one of the biggest nights of my life. Nancy Reagan had asked me if I would please dance with Diana because it was her big wish. So I went and asked her. And she blushed. We danced for about ten minutes, every song from the old movies that I’d done. (Including ‘Disco Inferno’ and ‘You  Should Be Dancing’) The floor cleared. It was like a fairy tale. She has great rhythm. I felt like a frog turned into a Prince. We were alone with the world watching and had the time of our lives.” – Actor John Travolta. The gown was listed on ebay for the price of US $700,000.00 . 

 

Diana’s designer reveals the secrets of the Princess’s ‘caring dress’

Her wedding dress turned her into a fairytale princess and the dazzling creations that followed made her a fashion icon. The dress Diana, Princess of Wales, loved most, however, was a more modest number.
Source The Daily Telegraph
Diana's designer reveals the secrets of the Princess's 'caring dress'
Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing her ‘caring dress’, one of more than 70 outfits made for her by designer David Sassoon Photo: GETTY IMAGES

She called it her “caring dress” and one of the Princess’s favourite designers has now revealed how determined she was to defy public criticism and keep wearing it.

David Sassoon explained that the Princess’s devotion to the floral crepe-de-Chine design was because she realised its bright colours was attractive to sick or suffering children, making them relaxed in her presence.

It meant that when she faced comment from a public unaware of her reasons for wearing the dress, the Princess told Mr Sassoon she would not bow to popular pressure.

The designer told The Sunday Telegraph: “She would say ‘I keep being told not to wear it, but I love this dress, my caring dress’. Of course Diana was the first member of the Royal family to break all the rules.”

Mr Sassoon, who has spent 50 years dressing some of the world’s most beautiful women at his couture house Bellville Sassoon, designed the dress for a foreign tour in 1988.

The Princess went on to wear it in Lagos in Nigeria, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and also while visiting a London Aids hospice.

Press reports in the 1990s speculated that she loved the dress because of its colour, but Mr Sassoon explained: “She happened to wear that dress when visiting a hospital, and children seemed to clamour round and like it. If you are like the Princess of Wales, who loved children, you don’t want a strictly formal suit for a hospital visit. You pick a very informal dress with bright colours, which that dress was. The reaction is one of awe from young children.”

Mr Sassoon’s new book The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon shows for the first time the Princess’s thank you note for the dress. It also reveals her handwritten comments on Mr Sassoon’s sketches, charting her light-hearted relationship with the designer.

Mr Sassoon, who made more than 70 outfits for the Princess, revealed how she never took clothes too seriously despite the extent to which her appearance was scrutinised. She could even pop into his London shop and choose an outfit just hours before wearing it at a formal engagement.

“She just appeared in the shop saying ‘help’. I have never enjoyed such an informal relationship with a member of the Royal family, and I am sure I never will again.

“Diana was much more relaxed about dressing, but she always got it right – she had the figure and the sheer charm.”

Where other Royal family members would earnestly practise curtsying in their new clothes, the Princess would delight in removing her thermal underwear before trying on a designer dress.

Mr Sassoon said: “She was very proud of the fact that she wore thermals because she didn’t like overcoats. When she was going into the fitting room, she would say ‘Just a minute, let me take my thermals off’. I think she enjoyed all that.”

Two of Mr Sassoon’s previously unpublished sketches from 1984 also show how, away from the public gaze, the Princess was already blossoming from a shy girl into the “red carpet glamour girl” remembered by posterity.

The black jersey dress with a very low back and the pink blouson jacket with long skirt were, Mr Sassoon said, a sign of things to come.

“They were for private use and a little more sexy, a little more fashion than what she could wear publicly at the time. Before her divorce, her clothes could never be overtly sexy. But just think how amazing she looked in the last years of her life. She was a red carpet glamour girl.”

Diana to Be Inducted In To Headwear Hall of Fame

R87344035The Headwear association.org will be Honoring Diana  by Inducting her in the First Headwear Hall of Fame.Diana will be among the first six to be inducted in to the hall, She  shares this honor with 5 other noteworthy icons Vince Lombardi, Johnny Depp, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Madonna.  The Headwear Hall of Fame is proud  to recognize the positive influence of famous hat wearers- who routinely wear a hat in their daily life for fashion, fun, or function- not just performing a character on television, stage, or in a movie.