A carpet of forget me nots, enhanced with tulips and scented narcissi, will adorn the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in springtime, to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. In summertime the reflective pool in this historic garden, so loved by the Princess, will be surrounded with white roses. The planting will develop into a more exuberant style, with ornamental grasses gracefully flowing through colourful cosmic daisies and clouds of gaura, making the scene symbolic of her life and its changing styles.

The Sunken Garden was originally planted in 1908 and is 18th century in style. It was modelled on a similar garden in Hampton Court Palace. The garden has always had rotational planting which was much admired by the late Princess Diana and discussed by her with the gardeners.

The new Fashion Exhibition in the Stuart Pigott Galleries of Kensington Place will replace the existing Exhibition, Fashion Rules. It will trace the evolution of Princess Diana’s early style from demure, romantic outfits for her first public appearances to the elegant glamorous style, which she developed herself as she grew more confident in her roles as a member of the Royal Family, future Queen, Ambassador, Icon and mother of two sons, the eldest being destined for kingship.

The Exhibition will trace how Princess Diana learned quickly how to use her image and beauty to connect with the people. She became an enduring fashion icon and many women wanted to emulate her looks. Copies were made of her clothes and the people claimed her as their Princess and loved her.

Eleri Lynn, Curator of the Exhibition, said,

“Diana was one of the most photographed women in the world, and every fashion choice she made was closely scrutinised. Our Exhibition explores the story of a young woman who had to quickly learn the rules of Royal and Diplomatic dressing, who, in the process, put the spotlight on the British Fashion industry and designers.”

The Exhibition will range from exquisite and glamorous ball gowns to the chic suits designed by Catherine Walker for the Princess. Highlights include the pale pink blouse designed by Emanuel and worn for the Engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon and Victor Edelstein’s iconic, ink blue velvet gown famously worn at the White House when she danced with John Travolta. Also on show a blue tartan suit, designed by Emanuel for a trip to Venice, will be displayed for the first time. This is a rare article of day wear which was purchased by Historic Royal Palaces at auction.

Princess Diana’s relationships with designers are revealed in the Exhibition and some of the sketches they made for her during the design process will be on show. At first she was guided towards established British Designers like Murray Arbeid, Bellville Sassoon and Gini Fratini, all of whose designs were traditional. Later Princess Diana sought a more youthful and personal style. Catherine Walker advised her how to develop an elegant tailored look and helped her with a streamlined modern version of clothes for her public life. After Princess Diana was divorced her clothes reflected independence and freedom.

In the 1990s Princess Diana remained loyal to British designers notably Jacques Azagury who favoured low cut neck lines and short skirts. She also approached the European designers including the Italians Valentino and Versace and the French Couture Houses of Dior, Lacroix and Chanel. This resulted in an international flavour to her style, with a simple silhouette and an effect in the details and was about superbly cut materials worn with colour co-ordinated accessories. This was the look that defined fashion in the late 20th century.

Princess Diana was not only a fashion icon, but a tireless supporter of many Charities. She did not shun difficult causes and was Patron of the Leprosy Mission, and the National Aid Trust. She was also Patron of Centre Point, the English National Ballet and the Royal Marsden Hospital, and frequently hosted charitable events at Kensington Palace.

As we remember Princess Diana twenty years after her death, the flowers in the new White Garden celebrate her life and evoke the iconic memory of myriads of flowers left at the gates of Kensington Palace when she tragically died.Read more at:celebrity dresses | cheap formal dresses