Princess Diana would have been 55 this year (and, sniff, had a couple of adorable grandchildren to dote on.) Though she was gone far too soon, the philanthropist left an enduring legacy of style and grace, and InStyle rounded up 27 of her most iconic looks. Here are six things you may not have known about the beloved English rose.
1. She Was Required to Wear English Designers
When she was a royal, Princess Di had no choice but to support the local economy. After her separation from Charles, however, she wore couture from international designers—including a spicy red dress from Christian Lacroix. She also admired Pakistani style.
2. She Was a Big Fan of Versace
The princess had a wardrobe filled with iconic designers, but Versace was a label she returned to again and again. In fact, a Versace gown she wore for a 1991 photo shoot fetched $200,000 at auction.
3. Her Fashion Sense Helped Raise $6 Million For Charity
In 1994, Di auctioned off 79 of her best gowns at Christie's. The frocks raised $6 million for AIDS and breast cancer charities.
4. She Helped Design Her Wedding Gown
Diana collaborated with two relatively unknown designers—David and Elizabeth Emanuel—on the dress she wore to her 1981 wedding. The gown had a 25-foot-long train, and the soon-to-be princess tried it on by slipping it over her jeans.
5. Her Other Nickname Was Dynasty Di
The press christened Diana "Shy Di," but she was also known as "Dynasty Di." The princess favored wide-shouldered gowns like those featured on the show. This was, after all, the '80s.
6. She Wore a Choker On Her Head
For a 1985 outing in Melbourne, Diana wore a deco, emerald-and-diamond choker—as a tiara. The necklace was a wedding gift from the Queen.
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