Diana, A Celebration
North American premiere engagement of Diana, A Celebration to open December 19 at Toronto's Design Exchange
The North American premiere engagement of Diana, A
, the award-winning exhibition on the life and work of the
Princess of Wales, will open at Toront's Design Exchange on December 19,
2003 and run until April 11, 2004.
Diana, A Celebration
, comes directly from the Althrop Estate in Engalnd, the
Spencer Family's ancestral home, where it has been on display since 1998 and
has attracted over 700,000 visitors, although open for only three months of
the year. The exhibition showases the life and work of one of the most
remarkable women of her time - certainly one of the most photographed, with
over one billion television viewers who watched the 1981 Royal Wedding. Her
charm, beauty and easy grace touched people worldwide during her short and
The exhibition is being produced by Arts and Exhibitions International. All
profits generated to the Althorp Estate from the Toronto Exhibition will
support the ongoing work of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund to
benefit communities living with the legacy of landmines, cluster bombs and
other explosive remnants of war.
A series of 150 stunning objects chronicle her life and invite the visitor
to share the milestones of her many roles: as a youngster, schoolgirl and
athlete; as the shy kindergarten tacher who captured the heart of the Prince
and the public; as the young, ravishing royal bride; as the devoted mother,
sister and daughter; and as the tireless charity advocate and spokeswoman.
The strength of the Spencer women and their roots in the bucolic
500-year-old Althorp Estate form the backdrop for Diana's formative years.
Also featured in the exhibition are portraits of her ancestors, family
jewels, heirlooms, paintings, artifacts and photos, which provide the
historical context. Film footage and scenes from her childhood, her
engagement to Prince Charles and the events leading up to the Royal Wedding
are remembered and animated with video clips, personal possessions, photos,
displays and letters. The glorious Royal Wedding features her resplendent
gown, diamond tiara, veil and 25 ft. train, shoes and parasol, her
bridesmaid¹s dress among other items.
One entire section is devoted to her energetic and multi-faceted public life
and the myriad of charities and causes, including her pioneering efforts in
AIDS, the homeless and landmines. A three-screened video presentation
highlights the hundreds of associations that continue to benefit from her
patronage and energetic dedication. The world's grief at her untimely death
is dealt with sensitively, in a display of books of condolence and space for
reflection and remembrance.
A few of the many dazzling items on display include:
* 28 dresses, suits and evening gowns worn by the Princess during her public
life, accompanied by photos from the event at which the outfit was seen and
* Two diamond tiaras and other priceless family jewels
* The original text of the Earl Spencer'soving tribute to his sister at the funeral in Westminister Abbey
* The score and lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition, adapted from "andle in the Wind."
* Original heritage family paintings by John Singer Sargent and Sir Thomas
* Her magnificent Royal Wedding gown, as described above.
In announcing the Toronto engagement, producer John Norman, President of
Arts and Exhibitions International stated, "Earl Spencer and I are
especially pleased that the North American debut of Diana, A Celebration
will be held in Toronto, as Canadians demonstrated their affection and
respect for the Princess during ther three Canadian trips, including one
Toronto visit. This exhibition will allow us to pay dignified respect to the
memory of this extraordinary woman."
Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto-Dominion Centre, Toronto, Ontario,