Last week, I visited the Princess Diana: ‘Her Fashion Story’ exhibition at Kensington Palace in London. First of all, it was simply phenomenal and worth the 40 minute wait to get in. I was blown away by how stunning her dresses were, and also how incredibly tiny and elegant they appeared. As someone, who has grown up hearing continuously about Diana from my Mum (who adored her as a public figure), it felt like an honour to be able to see the privately owned dresses on display.
Monday was a beautiful day in Central London, the sun was shining and everyone’s coats finally stored away as Spring was in the air. It was an ideal day to visit the Palace and it’s gardens overlooking one of Hyde Park’s many lakes.
Lunch – The Kensington Palace Café
We first grabbed a bite to eat in the on-site café. It was ‘ladies that lunch’ and scones all-round with Cornish clotted cream (for the fellow bumpkin). It was not too-pricey and they had a delicious, super-refreshing cucumber and mint water available for free – I highly recommend.
The King and Queen’s Former Quarters
Then shortly after, we were told to wonder the King and Queen’s quarters first as the queue for the Diana Exhibition was rather long (approximately 1-2 hours at around midday). The elaborate ceilings in the former Royal sections of the Palace were remarkable and honestly cannot imagine what it was like to be a wealthy King or Queen back in the day. In fact, I think I would have hated it, not merely because of the fame but I’m all about clean white walls and monochrome furniture – ya’know? Fancy-Pants is just not ‘me’.
And well, the height of the door handles were something to be desired!
Princess Diana: Her Fashion Story
After an hour or so of wondering about, we joined the relatively short queue for the Princess Diana: ‘Her Fashion Story’ exhibition. There were benches provided throughout the snake-queuing system as well as TV screens showing behind-the-scenes.
Inside, it was not to overly crowded and neither were we pushed through the exhibition; but instead we were allowed to take our time to admire and reflect. The lighting made the dresses deliberately hard to photograph, but I managed to get a few snaps.
Overall I found the exhibition simply beautiful. The way the outfits were presented under soft lightning with images and quotes about her serving as the gallery’s backdrop made it all the better. Whilst, I understand very little about fashion as a whole, it nevertheless captured my imagination and recognition. Princess Diana: ‘Her Fashion Story’ was a lovely way to represent Diana’s life. She was, and is, a Princess of the People and fashion icon or trend-setter.
For more information about the Princess Diana: ‘Her Fashion Story’ exhibition then click here. The dresses are on display until February 2018. As a student concession, my admission price was £13.60 (when booked online); I’d definitely recommend you visit, but during the week to lessen the chances of queuing, if possible.