Which Dress Did Diana Say Was “Too Daring”?

ONE of the most famous dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, almost didn't get its public outing - because she thought that it was too risqué. The design in question - dubbed the "revenge dress" - was worn by Diana to the Serpentine Gallery summer party in June 1994, on the same night that a controversial television programme aired detailing Prince Charles' adulterous relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.
The figure-hugging black silk dress, by Greek designer Christina Stambolian, featured a low-cut, off-the-shoulder neckline - which she wore with a pearl choker, black heels and scarlet nails. According to a documentary about the late princess due to air next week, the decision to wear the dress was a last-minute one.
"She thought it was too daring," said Stambolian, revealing that she'd actually designed the piece some three-years earlier for Diana - but that she'd been too nervous to wear it. The Princess had originally been set to wear Valentino that evening, reports The Telegraph, but was put off when the fashion house sent out an early press release saying so - and decided on the Stambolian dress instead.

AUGUST 1981 - Wearing a matching tweed skirt suit, Diana posed for photographers with Charles during their honeymoon in Balmoral.

MARCH 1981 – For her first official engagement at Goldsmiths Hall in London, Lady Diana wore a strapless silk taffeta gown.

1980 – Before she became the Princess of Wales, Diana worked in a nursery school. This photograph is famous for its contrast of naïveté and unknowing provocation.

JUNE 1983 - She wore a pale blue suit and matching hat for a visit to the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.

1980 – She wore butter yellow dungarees over a floral blouse to watch Prince Charles play polo during their courtship.

FEBRUARY 1981 – When Diana and Charles announced their engagement, she wore a neatly-tailored blue suit with a prim pussy bow blouse and the sapphire and diamond ring that Kate Middleton now wears. Throughout the early years of her marriage, Diana allowed the royal advisors to inform her wardrobe choices but she soon established her own style.

MAY 1981 – Lady Diana and Prince Charles went on what the press at the time called a “pre-honeymoon” to Balmoral in Scotland. When the couple went to talk to journalists, a shy Diana was wearing a brightly petterned jumper with corduroy trousers and wellington boots.

JUNE 1981 - Lady Diana – in a statement red dress and matching hat – joined the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Prince Charles at the wedding of Nicholas Soames and Catherine Weatherall at St Margaret's Church, London.

JULY 1981 – Prince Charles and Diana were married at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 29 1981. Diana’s dress – like Kate Middleton’s – was a closely guarded secret until the day of her wedding. She worked closely with Elizabeth and David Emanuel on the dress, which featured a ruffled neck, full sleeves and skirt, and a 25-foot train - the longest in royal wedding history.

JULY 1983 – Princess Diana – in a matching floral skirt and blouse – joined her friend, Susan Ferguson, at the polo. Always aware of the small touches, Diana perfectly matched her red shoes to her handbag.

DECEMBER 1982 – Six months after the birth of her first son, Prince William, she wore a full-skirted chiffon gown to the premiere of Ghandi in London.

AUGUST 1983 – Once more at the polo, Diana teamed a abstract spot full-sleeved blouse with a crisp white skirt.

JUNE 1983 – Princess Diana attended the UK premiere of James Bond filmOctopussy, which took place at Odeon Leicester Square, in the company of her husband, Prince Charles. For the glitzy occasion, the Princess wore a white asymmetric gown covered in silver bugle beads, teamed with a silver clutch bag and matching silver shoes.

May 1983 – Diana showed her flair for fashion early on at a polo match – pairing her red court shoes with a bright red knit worn casually over her shoulders for a laidback look.

JULY 1968 – Lady Diana Spencer was born in 1961 to in Norfolk, England, to John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Spencer. This photograph of her in a nautical ensemble was taken on her seventh birthday in Cadogan Place 


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