>> She was known as the people's princess. Loved the world over for her kindness and her charisma. 20 years after the death of Princess Diana, a new exhibition at Kensington Palace looks at her life through 25 iconic outfits.>> The phrase fashion icon may be somewhat overused, but there's no doubt Diana's style was scrutinized and emulated the world over.
Her sartorial choices evolved greatly from the placebo blouses of the early 80s to the bodycon dresses of the 90s. But her clothes were far more than just adornment, they said so much about the woman wearing them.>> She wanted clothes that would appeal to children. So she'd wear very bright colors, so she'd wear accessories like necklaces that, perhaps, they could play with when she was holding them.
So she wanted to make that connection with people.>> Libby Thompson is the co-curator.>> I think she caught on very quickly that what she wore, people would always comment on. And I think, to a certain extent, sort of towards the end of her life, you see her wearing a lot more sort of executive clothes.
So we have some suits within the exhibition. And I think she wanted to draw attention away from what she was wearing and more on what she was doing. But the show stopping ensembles cannot be ignored. From the gown she wore as she danced with John Travolta to the fondly named Elvis dress.
As a royal woman, she did have to stick to certain rules. However, she was a little bit more playful, she did bend the rules. So you see her wearing very flamboyant dresses, sort of flamenco style dresses where she wears one red glove, one black glove. Or she would wear a dress that was like a tuxedo, but a dress.
And, actually, she was the first royal woman to wear a trouser suit, actually out in public to an event.>> To complement the exhibition, a white garden will be created here in memory of the princess. A sea of tulips, narcizai, and forget-me-nots. 20 years on, a fitting tribute to an unforgettable woman.