On what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday, we look back at some of her greatest fashion moments and how, two decades after her tragic death, the People’s Princess is still the ultimate style icon.
Diana’s impact on the world was huge, she had a certain magic that captivated everyone, from her charity work and royal duties to her effortless approach to motherhood. And though her legacy goes far beyond what the princess wore, wow did she have some style!
Diana didn’t dress like a royal. She pushed the style envelope, was way ahead of her time, took risks – pissed a few people off in doing so – and influenced wardrobes around the world. Twenty-three years after her death, her style has been immortalised throughout the fashion world, from our current obsession with puffy sleeves and oversized collars to the unexpected championing of the cycling short.
So many of her looks have become iconic; that wedding dress, her love of a polka dot, her whimsical knits and her famous black cocktail dresses and pearl chokers.
Here we take a look back at some of the best and handpick some modern pieces inspired by the princess’s incredible way with clothes.
Perhaps the most iconic gym look of all time, Diana's cycling shorts and varsity sweater combo has become an unexpected trend of the Instagram age. Anine Bing's city slogan sweats - we love the London one, naturally - are a modern way to emulate the look, gym class or no gym class.