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Old 08-12-2015, 03:09 AM
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That display must have been a gorgeous thing to see.
. It was truly. It also contained a room of life size Mario Testino photographs taken shortly before her death and that was a truly sad. That such a vibrant, fun and apparently dynamic person was gone seemed so wrong. It did leave me to wonder whatever happened to all the gowns that were not sold, went on display and her day wear. I know the POW gave some to her sister Sarah, who wore them when she acted as Lady in waiting but where did the rest go? Are they in storable?
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Diana was probably giving away a lot of clothing to sisters and friends as well as donating quite a few items to charity, after her divorce. Didn't that butler of hers, Paul Burrell, supposedly secrete many of her personal items at his home, his reasoning being 'for safe keeping'? Perhaps some of her clothes went there. I do know that she did re-jig her wardrobe quite a lot in her final years, so maybe a lot was auctioned and given away then.
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Old 08-12-2015, 03:44 AM
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Diana was probably giving away a lot of clothing to sisters and friends as well as donating quite a few items to charity, after her divorce. Didn't that butler of hers, Paul Burrell, supposedly secrete many of her personal items at his home, his reasoning being 'for safe keeping'? Perhaps some of her clothes went there. I do know that she did re-jig her wardrobe quite a lot in her final years, so maybe a lot was auctioned and given away then.
. I have books from the time, which knowing what we do now are very ironic but they are full of photographs of her many gowns, day wear etc. Perhaps in the future more previously unseen photographs will appear?
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Old 08-12-2015, 03:47 AM
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Many of her wardrobe was auctioned off, but William & Harry now have a great deal of her possessions that used to be on display at Althorp. I think it's been placed in the Royal Collection.
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Old 08-12-2015, 03:52 AM
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If you are talking about the auction prior to her death, the shocking thing is going through her old photographs the lots appear to be a very small percentage of her evening gown collection and contained none of her day wear. The Royal Collection makes alot of sense.
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Old 08-13-2015, 01:22 AM
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I think that Diana's style was typical for a teenager. For helping out at the nursery, she wore practical clothes that matched. Everyone wore skirts more often in those days, even for things that ladies would likely wear jeans or casual trousers for now. After, her engagement, though, she was dressing more expensively and in keeping with her new status--with the obvious exception of the black strapless dress. That dress just didn't fit properly. In the winter of 1980/1981, I noticed that girls my age were wearing knickerbockers, a style that hadn't been around for quite some time. If that wasn't a Diana influence, I don't know what it was.
Ahhh yes...knickerbockers. I remember then 60-something year old First Lady Nancy Reagan even tried them out.
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Old 08-13-2015, 04:33 AM
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Ahhh yes...knickerbockers. I remember then 60-something year old First Lady Nancy Reagan even tried them out.
Thank for that, not a mental picture I wanted to have first thing in the morning. That first lady was way too thin, in my humble opinion.
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Yes, knickerbockers, that brings back memories. I had a dark brown velvet pair worn with a white long sleeved blouse with a frilly collar. (...)
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So weird to read that "no one copied Diana". I was 12 when Diana got married and my Catholic school was full of girls with the Diana cut. And we all wore her pie crust collars and pale sheer hoisery and flat shoes. I think to us she was quite fashionable until we went away to college.
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So weird to read that "no one copied Diana". I was 12 when Diana got married and my Catholic school was full of girls with the Diana cut. And we all wore her pie crust collars and pale sheer hoisery and flat shoes. I think to us she was quite fashionable until we went away to college.

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Old 08-19-2015, 09:31 PM
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I miss her spirit,beauty,and sense of fun.
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So weird to read that "no one copied Diana". I was 12 when Diana got married and my Catholic school was full of girls with the Diana cut. And we all wore her pie crust collars and pale sheer hoisery and flat shoes. I think to us she was quite fashionable until we went away to college.
I am the same height she was and I stopped wearing heels because of Diana. I would never have dreamed of wearing flat shoes until she made it okay by looking so chic and elegant in them!
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I am the same height she was and I stopped wearing heels because of Diana. I would never have dreamed of wearing flat shoes until she made it okay by looking so chic and elegant in them!

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I have a tall friend who says the same thing. I wore my long-sleeved-white-blouse-with-a-frilly-collar with a mid-calf gray skirt with soft pleats. Gray pumps, of course.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:44 PM
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I was always interested in what Diana was wearing...and hesitate to say that my 80's wedding dress was quite similar. I'd always loved the sweatheart waistline.

And I had the blouses too with the frilly neckline that I'm sure I would not have otherwise worn.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:55 PM
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I have a tall friend who says the same thing. I wore my long-sleeved-white-blouse-with-a-frilly-collar with a mid-calf gray skirt with soft pleats. Gray pumps, of course.

Me too...I had the same outfit. Long pleated skirt to mid calf. Low heels. White blouse with ruffled collar under a soft cardigan. I loved it...those days!!
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Diana loved clothes and must have enjoyed experimenting with different ideas that the designers came up with. I especially remember the striped puff-ball skirt she wore a couple of times, which seemed to be a sensation and it was on the news that night.
I'm not sure the idea took off though and I think she only wore it a couple of times, but it is an example of the fun she sometimes had with clothes.
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I loved her style in general, but I was not a slave to every look she tried. I distinctly remember when she appeared in ankle socks and high heels with a long polka dot skirt-a sort of 50's bobby-soxer look. I was not impressed.

This was in the summer of either '86 or '87.
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That was a look that I didn't like, and fortunately I wasn't tempted to try it myself. I didn't like the pleated polka-dotted skirt with the red sweater either. The whole outfit was a 'fail' to me. Sometimes her casual clothes were 'off' in a way that her day clothes weren't.
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Right. Her leather pants for example, did not impress.

But her evening gowns-particularly in the 90's under Catherine Walker-would often leave me dazed with admiration and envy!
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