Lady Diana – one of the most recognized, respected and admired people in history. She broke standards, created unforgettable looks and, above all, matched fashion to the feelings she carried within. Who was Diana and why should you be inspired by her story?
Table of Contents:
- Diana and complexes?
- Who was Lady Diana?
- Style that marked the history of fashion
- A classic with a surprise
- Diplomacy through style
- GentleWoman of the era
Diana and complexes?
Simone Summons, a friend of Diana’s admitted that “Diana did not like her own body. She found her lips too thin, her feet too big and didn’t like her nose. She wanted to look like popular British actress Audrey Hepburn, or at least have the same seductive body as Marilyn Monroe. Princess thought Monroe’s character was perfect in many ways. Diana, then 35 years old, said: “I always dreamed of having the same flat belly and thin waist as Marylyn.”
However, over time she accepted herself and was able to create a timeless style. “Throughout her life, she grew in confidence, increasingly taking control of how she was represented, communicating intelligently through her clothes,” said Eleri Lynn, curator of an exhibition on the Duchess’ creations.
Who was Lady Diana?
One of the world’s most photographed women has shaken up traditions with her less formal but more modern style.
Born in 1961, Diana Frances Spencer married Charles, Prince of Wales, on July 29, 1981. Until her death on August 31, 1997, Lady Diana melted hearts with her generosity, closeness and especially her gaze. She was synonymous with femininity, but also with independence.
Not just a fashion icon, but a Gentle Woman, involved in humanitarian work, in helping the needy, the victims of war.
Style that marked the history of fashion
Dressing fashionably, at the best creators is not too difficult when you are a duchess. However, money is no substitute for a sense of taste, no substitute for sublime taste and the ability to create one’s own unique style. A style that has inspired generations of women and that has forever marked the history of fashion.
Diana became a fashion pioneer in the 1980s and 1990s. She dared eccentricity, colors. She was modern in all circumstances. She worked with stylists such as Catherine Walker, Jacques Azagury, David Sassoon, Tomasz Starzewski, Gianni Versace, and Phillip Somervill, who designed hats for her.
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A classic with a surprise
Her unforgettable looks consisted of cocktail dresses, expensive jewelry, colorful suits with skirts above the knee. A style described as “classic with a surprise.” However, it was not the clothes that mainly determined her appearance. They would be just an add-on if not for her personality and freedom of thought. It formed a whole. The kind of Diana we still remember today. Men admired her beauty and style, and young women wanted to look like her.
She used the services of the best fashion designers, but it was her choice that determined that she always looked phenomenal. Her outfits were both simple, elegant and chic. A styling skill that has fascinated millions of women. She has gone down in history as one of the best-dressed women.
Diplomacy through style
A sense of style depending on the situation was her forte. During her visit to Saudi Arabia, she wore a dress adorned with a golden falcon. The country’s emblem. Diplomacy through style. Her sense of the situation accompanied her on a daily basis, not only during official ceremonies. She wore colorful and informal clothes wanting to convey her accessibility and the warmth emanating from her. She didn’t wear gloves because she believed that hand contact was the most important thing. She shunned hats when visiting sick children in hospitals because they made it impossible, in her opinion, to hug a young patient.
That’s exactly what Diana was. She was able to adapt her style to the requirements of the circumstances without being guided by conventions. Not with only his image in mind in the press. She was aware of the impact of her clothes on her public image, but the Duchess’ appearance was not an end in itself. Clothes, though perfectly chosen, were secondary to her public work. She was always elegant, after all, noblesse oblige, but her elegance expressed her personality and she never put elegance above the circumstances in which she participated.
GentleWoman of the era
She died tragically at the age of just 36. Her looks and hairstyles have made her a fashion icon. She did not have a single fashion faux pas on her record. She achieved this style over the years. Initially, her style was far from extravagant. With her jabots, chin-length collars and long gloves that she wore as Prince Charles’ bride, she was far from the style that was later adopted. Over time, she gained self-confidence, began to control her image and communicate with her subordinates through her creations.
It was this sense of closeness to her subjects, her concern for the underprivileged, and her commitment to public affairs that made her the Gentle Woman of the era. Being a duchess was not enough for her. She took advantage of her privileged position by bringing help to others. An example of which there are few in history. Her creations have inspired modern stars of cinema, music, but also ordinary women. Among others, she draws from her style. Rihanna, who confessed to Glamour magazine that “She loves everything Diana wore.”
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Like Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy, Diana has become the undisputed influencer of contemporary fashion. Her iconic styles include a sapphire blue costume matching her engagement ring, wellingtons, a wedding dress, a floral dress, a two-piece tweed set, her famous pink gown revealing her shoulders, a skimpy swimsuit , a white jacket and skirt worn to meet Nancy Reagan, light blue classic formula, or Cinderella style, light blue she wore at Cannes, Escada scotch coat and Philip Somerville hat, cowboy boots, sweatshirt and blazer , military chic – white and gold set, shiny column dress, combination of tiara and high collar jacket.
Complementing her unforgettable style was a welcoming smile on her face. A smile that wins people’s sympathy and creates a timeless aura around her.