Right now, all eyes might be on what Kate Middleton is wearing–but come March 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge will have another Princess’ wardrobe to contend with. London’s Kensington Palace is set to unveil an exhibit dedicated to Princess Diana’s celebrated fashion and a few of her most famous gowns will be on display, WWD is reporting.
The exhibit, called “Diana,” will have a set created by interior designer Finola Inger, and Julie Verhoeven has designed bespoke wallpaper that highlights the late Princess of Wales’ key fashion moments. Among the dresses on display will be a fuchsia silk chiffon sari-style dress and an ivory silk crepe dinner dress, both designed by Catherine Walker, a black and white cocktail dress by Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany and a black silk shift dress by Versace.
But the pièce de résistance is a black silk taffeta Emanuel gown, which cemented Diana’s status as a fashion icon when she wore it to an event 10 days after her engagement to Prince Charles was announced, on the couple’s first official public outing (the design duo Elizabeth and David Emmanuel later designed Diana’s wedding dress). Sorta like Kate Middleton’s famous Reiss dress that started a buying frenzy when the Duchess wore it in her official engagement photos. We wonder if all of K.Mid’s Zara and Reiss will one day be on display too (along with, of course, all of her gorgeous Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen)!
The exhibit opens March 26, 2011 at Kensington Palace and is part of a $19 million revamp of historic space in time for Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee (taht’s 50 years on the throne!) and the London Olympics.