Princess Diana was reportedly "banned" by British Royalty from wearing revealing outfits showing off her legs and cleavage. Diana reportedly could have been bolder according to observers.
This iconic photo shows Lady Diana Spencer, soon to become the Princess of Wales, showing her wedding gown for the first time, turns as her bridesmaids set her train on arrival at Saint Paul's Cathedral for her wedding to Prince Charles in London, July 29, 1981
According to designer Jacques Azagury, Princess Diana would have bared more if it was permitted. The designer, who aided the late Princess in transforming her to the fashion icon of her time, said that Diana obliged to covering up because of her respect for her role.
The designer, according to Zee News, made the blue shift dress that Diana wore in the year 1997. Princess Diana reportedly wanted the dress shorter but advised to maintain the original length of the hemline.
Even today, years after her death, Princess Diana is still a fashion icon. In the year 1994 when infidelities of her husband Prince Charles dominated the newsstands, Princess Diana went to an event with a figure-hugging mini dress from Christina Stambolian. The princess got the attention of the press the next day.
Knowing the power of fashion, Princess Diana would later auction off her gowns for breast cancer.
According to "A Dress for Diana" authors David and Elizabeth Emanuel who designed Diana's wedding dress, it was not difficult to work with the princess. They wrote, "In the end, the design process was quite simple because it was just the three of us."
The fashion sense did not come until later according to royal observers. During her Scottish honeymoon with Prince Charles, the 19-year-old Diana had limited finery.
In 1982, while still pregnant with Prince William, Princess Diana wore a drop-waist gown by Bruce Oldfield. He once told a biographer that he liked seeing the princess "in much simpler things" according to InStyle.
In 1985, Princess Diana was dubbed as "Dynasty Di" for wearing wide-shouldered gowns. She was also a bit playful with accessories, according to sources because on that same year, she wore a backless gown with a long necklace adorning her back.
Victor Edelstein, who made dresses for Diana said in an interview that each dress was always a collaboration between him and the princess. In an interview about Princess Diana, the designer said, "You each make suggestions and ask, 'What do you think?'"
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