Princess Diana’s Most Memorable Fashion Moments
It’s 12 years since the People’s Princess died in a car accident in Paris. Here we look at her transformation from frumpy to fabulous
-Lois Joy Johnson
The world lost a true heroine when Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. While she will be remembered as a humanitarian who fought to rid the world of landmines and was one of the first people to embrace AIDS patients while others refused to touch them, she was also one of the ’80s and ’90s biggest fashion icons. Here’s a quick guide to Di style and 10 lessons we learned from her.
1. FASHIONISTAS ARE MADE NOT BORN
Let’s be realistic. Diana got off to a slow start as an icon of style. She began her career as a fashion heroine by copying her new royal relatives and the well-bred British girls of the so-called upper class called Sloanes. Her high-neck frilly white blouses, polka dots and matronly jackets were clearly a ruse to fit in. Weirdly enough, the blouse she wears in this photo is now considered trendy; only now we’d wear it with leggings and a leather biker jacket or vintage skinny jeans – and so would she.
2. THE BIGGER THE BETTER – WHEN IT COMES TO JEWELRY
The first fashion item that people scrambled to copy was her 18-carat sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring by Garrard. The real deal is only $65,000 FYI. Diana adored pearls and sapphires and always wore statement pieces, even with khakis or jeans. She was into bling before we knew the word.