Sunday, July 12, 2009

Diana, Princess of Wales

In 1981 Lady Diana Spencer married HRH the Prince of Wales, it was the wedding of the decade if not the century. She was the first royal to become of global interest and her youth and beauty was deamed a breath of fresh air to the stuffy House of Windsor. She becme a fasion icon and was instrumental in reviving several styles in her short life.

Her first triumph came at her "fairy tale" wedding that was broadcast worldwide. She wore a giant skirted gown with large puffy sleeves and a deep scoup neckline that would have been appropriate in 1860. The design by the Emanuels was copied the world over and was "the" wedding gown of the 80s.

Another historical revival from Diana, Princess of Wales was the tiara. Although never really out or in fashion the tiara was generally left to the upper echelons of royalty. But as Diana became a style leader, tiaras again became of interest. Socialites from New York and Palm Beach to Paris and London began to pull out their family tiaras. These amazing pieces of jewelry had not really been used since the 1890's and more than a century later they were seen again, glittering in ballrooms and gracing the pages of tabloids.

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