This Wednesday August 31, 2022 will mark the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of Lady Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997 in Paris. Icon of an entire generation, the Princess of Wales left behind a beautiful legacy that continues to inspire.
Princess Diana wearing a dress designed by John Galliano for Dior, at the MET Gala in December 1997, in New York. © Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images
Her wide-eyed looks are always on the lookout and her looks are looked at from every angle. Having become the Princess of Wales after her marriage in 1981 to Prince Charles, the heir of Queen Elizabeth II, Diana Spencer, also known as Lady Diana, has no room for error. In addition to a violent life, marked by a violent divorce and an unprecedented independence for someone of her status – Lady Diana developed a personality that embodied the style of the 80s and then 90s. Nearly thirty years later, his visions continue. like many, whether it’s big houses, custom labels or the there are girls since time. An exploration of five symbolic elements of an iconoclastic style that became art.
Lace, silk and scandal: the Dior dress by John Galliano
On December 9, 1996, when her marriage was sealed for four months, Lady Diana made her first appearance on the red carpet of the famous Met Gala, a party that organized every year since 1948 for the benefit of the Metropolitan office. Art Museum. As such, British designer John Galliano is under the spotlight. Two months earlier, he was appointed by Bernard Arnault, CEO of the LVMH group, as director of the house of Dior, whose founder that evening. And who better than the Princess of Wales, symbol of strength and liberation, to officially present one of her first works for the house? In midnight blue silk with a neckline embroidered with black lace, the gown made quite a statement. Inspired by the slip dress, or babydoll, that appeared at the end of the 19th century, its water features hug the curves of the princess, for a “dressless” effect, especially the woman of her rank. If the British Media rebelled – the DailyMail She said she was embarrassed by not seeing a bra, the Guard make his clothes look like pajamas – great effect. And if the stars – including Kate Moss – have already dared to wear a veil, there is nothing like Lady Diana. Freed again from the traditional bonds of the monarchy, every appearance of the princess was a snub to the royal family. For John Galliano, it was an opportunity to establish his vision: a combination of classicism and revolution filled with drama. Today, the power of seduction of the slip dress has not been lost. If Jacquemus rejected it every season, Ludovic de Saint Sernin rediscovered it in a lacerated leather jacket in his spring 2022 collection, Chanel offered it as a wedding dress for his spring show -summer 2022 … More faithful to that of Lady Di , the Paco Rabanne show spring-summer 2023 replaces latex for silk for a revolutionary effect.
Princess Diana in 1989, sporting a stunning ensemble of wide-leg white pants, a blazer layered over a shirt, and ankle boots. © Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images
The oversized blazer
Ignore the strictures of the royal protocol: Lady Di gives everything to keep the dress only, the shoulder version, as appropriate at that time. The length of the length and the length of the thigh, the blazer has really established itself as a must-have in the wardrobe of the queen, who uses it in all situations. She wears it with jeans and ankle boots, layered over a loose shirt and paired with a hat, or with a turtleneck and cigarette pants for a stylish silhouette. The only rule: it does not match the bottom of the silhouette. A fashionable look, which has been seen for many years in women’s wardrobes, now eats men, but on the catwalks. As the subversive label Vetements – co-founded in 2014 by Demna, now the chairman of Balenciaga – will relaunch its spring-summer 2023 collection in its wide cut with a cinching waist. At Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello, who has been active since the 80s, reinterprets the great blazer every season, in timeless cuts.
Princess Diana wearing one of her famous cars in 1994. © Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage
When Lady Di changes out of her underwear for a bus stop
It’s probably one of Lady Di’s most famous looks: a big shirt, chunky sneakers and a bike. If this set, which the Princess of Wales proudly wore in the mid-1990s when she attended her sports training at the chosen Chelsea Harbor Club, did not have a direct impact on the fashion industry at the time, now he did something real. strength The bike king has gained a real voice in recent years, in the look of the most famous girls, such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber and Kim Kardashian, who made a collection for her Skims wardrobe, no. not only because it’s cool but also because it emphasizes character. Depends on the current sports where joggers, leggings and bikes are popular, the latter can be seen on the podium of many shows, starting with the Chanel spring-summer 2022 presented last January, linked with a monogrammed belt and embellished with sequins, in pure 90’s tradition. . Or in Gucci’s spring-summer 2022 collection, the biker is not dressed with a big shirt but a big blazer, another heirloom borrowed from the Princess.
Lady Dior bag, worn by Lady Diana. © Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images
The Lady Dior bag: now a diplomatic gift
Like the Hermès Birkin bag -named after Jane Birkin-, the story of Lady Dior cannot be separated from Princess Diana. In 1995, when the first lady of France Bernadette Chirac ordered a gift from Dior for her guest Lady Diana. This accessory quickly becomes a useful item in his wardrobe. Carrying the house’s emblematic cannage motif, embellished with metal pendants, this small square bag has been worn by the Princess of Wales on several occasions, including at the MET Gala in 1996. immediately the assistant to his prestigious letters, renamed “Lady Dior. ” in his honor. Being sold in series, it sold 200,000 copies in just two years: a great success, recorded today. A true replica of the house of Dior, whose styles have been transformed according to artistic guidelines, the bag has been reinterpreted by many artists, from the French sculptor Marguerite Humeau to the famous American artist Judy Chicago in 2020, who registered the cosmetic. of a haute couture exhibition for the house.
Lady Diana at the Guards Polo Club in 1988 wearing an oversized blazer over a shirt. © Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images
Lady Di’s cowboy boots on the English plains
In 1988, Lady Diana married Prince Charles and her clothing choices were all about royal style. While attending a polo match, the latter was seen wearing large boots on his feet, his jeans tucked into them. These black leather boots, which are cowboy boots, are not far from the flats or ballet flats that the princess always wears. Photographed several times with these famous cowhide boots, Lady Diana was involved in the promotion of these boots in England. This style, taken by the French designer Isabel Marant for several seasons or by Emily Ratajkowski and Hailey Bieber, is coming back to the front. This season, cowboy boots have never been easier.