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Princess Diana in Black

Princess Diana

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Princess Diana was known for many things, including her cheerful prints. However, one of her most famous dresses of all time was black.

Christina Stambolian LBD Lady Di dress, commonly referred to as the “revenge dress”, worn at the summer party at the Serpentine Gallery in June 1994 was both stunning and bold.

The People’s Princess rarely wore black outfits. However, when she did, it was obviously phenomenal.

The beaded Jacques Azagury dress she wore to a Tate gala in July 1997 was a sophisticated retreat from her signature polka dots and florals.

There are also plenty of instances where she strayed from her signature prints, including the Versace tank dress she donned for a preview of Apollo 13 in 1995.

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Let’s rediscover the most elegant and glamorous black dresses of Princess Diana.

June 1994

Her “revenge dress” first appeared at the summer party in the Serpentine Gallery. 

September 1995 

One of Diana’s secret weapons was tank dresses. She attended the preview of Apollo 13 and donned this LBD by Versace with a scooped tank neckline. 

November 1995

A Jacques Azagury floor-sweeping dress while attending a Cancer Research gala. 

July 1997

Another Jacques Azagury masterpiece she wore at a gala evening celebrating Tate gallery’s centenary.

July 1991

A premiere of Backdraft saw her wearing a black gown with straps designed with embellishments by Bellville Sassoon.

October 1990

Stunningly royal on the red carpet at a Sadler’s Wells gala concert. 

March 1989

Dangerous Liaisons premiere: A vision in velvet. 

October 1985

To attend a Les Miserables performance at the Barbican, donning a Bruce Oldfield evening gown. 

March 1981

A David and Elizabeth Emanuel piece of a voluminous black taffeta dress for a fundraising concert and reception.

Princess Diana: A Charitable Princess

Princess Diana was dubbed the People’s Princess as she was an activist. It gained her popularity as well as unmatched public scrutiny, inflamed by her turbulent private life. 

The public celebrated her due to her unparalleled passion for charity work. Initially, she focused on children and the elderly. 

However, later, she plunged into two specific campaigns – the social attitudes toward and the acceptance of AIDS patients and the campaign for the pullout of landmines, promoted via the International Red Cross. 

Princess Diana also became an advocate for means to aid people suffering from cancer and mental illness.

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