Who Designed Princess Diana’s Iconic ‘Travolta Dress’?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Princess Diana at the British embassy in Washington, D.C.

Princess Diana handed away a few years in the past, however her story, and the way in which that she impressed thousands and thousands of individuals, will proceed to reside on for many years to return. She was not solely one of many kindest and most lovely royal ladies, however she was one of the vital photographed as nicely — and Princess Diana by no means appeared lower than completely fabulous.

One of the actually iconic moments in her life occurred within the mid-eighties when she took to the dance flooring with none aside from John Travolta. Recently, the professional in control of curating and maintaining the costume that Princess Diana wore that historic night spoke out, revealing why the costume stands the check of time. 

Princess Diana was ‘the People’s Princess’

Princess Diana at the British embassy in Washington, D.C.
Princess Diana | Terry Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

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Born in 1961, Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981. Their marriage ceremony was broadly publicized and hundreds tuned in to look at the ceremony, and to see the younger, lovely bride stroll down the aisle.

Right away, Princess Diana grew to become in style with individuals world wide, her shy, unassuming demeanor incomes her followers and admirers. When she welcomed her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, her recognition solely elevated. Over the years, the royal earned the nickname, “The People’s Princess.” 

Sadly, Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles dissolved within the nineties, with rumors of his extramarital affairs swirling within the press. The public tended to facet with Princess Diana, and even after she divorced her husband, she remained a beloved public determine.

She tragically died in a automotive accident in 1997, when she was solely 36 years previous, however stays one of the vital iconic royal figures of all time. 

Princess Diana’s dance with John Travolta

Princess Diana and John TravoltaPrincess Diana and John Travolta
Princess Diana and John Travolta | Getty Images

The eighties have been a heyday for Princess Diana, as she wined and dined with a few of the world’s largest celebrities and political figures. In 1985, Princess Diana visited the White House on the invitation of President Ronald Reagan.

There, she encountered some big-name film stars, together with John Travolta, who rose to fame after starring turns in films like Grease and Saturday Night Fever. Travolta was well-known for his dance strikes, and when the dance flooring opened up that night time, all eyes have been on him.

As Travolta later revealed, First Lady Nancy Reagan hinted to Travolta that Princess Diana wished to bop with him. He tapped the royal on the shoulder, and invited her to hit the dance flooring with him.

She nodded her head in settlement, and the 2 took to the ground, dancing to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Although stories later indicated that the second was truly staged upfront by the Reagans, it’s no much less unbelievable — and the pictures taken of Princess Diana in her gorgeous black costume are merely iconic. 

The curator of Princess Diana’s iconic costume not too long ago spoke out

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Welcome house This week, we welcome Diana, Princess of Wales’s ‘Travolta’ costume again to #KensingtonPalace. One of essentially the most iconic vogue statements of the 20th century, the Princess of Wales commissioned this extraordinary midnight blue velvet robe from couturier (and common collaborator) Victor Edelstein, and debuted it at a gala dinner on the White House in 1985. There, Diana was photographed “gliding around the room” dancing with actor John Travolta, creating one of the vital well-known and enduring photographs of her profession Since it joined our Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection in 2019, the costume has spent the previous few months in quarantine (just about like the remainder of us!) to make sure it doesn’t go on any bugs or pests on to the remainder of our priceless assortment. Now, it’s lastly prepared for public show, proper on time for us to reopen the doorways of the palace tomorrow. Find out extra about visiting and e book tickets through the hyperlinks in our bio. . . . #princessdiana #princessofwales #diana #costume #travoltadress #vogue #fashionhistory #80sfashion #kensington #london #visitlondon

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Recently, palace insider Eleri Lynn spoke out in a revealing interview, speaking about Princess Diana’s love for the black costume that she wore to bop with Travolta. The costume, which was designed by Victor Edelstein, was worn by Princess Diana to numerous excessive profile occasions. “By my count makes it’s the dress she wore most. It was clearly a favorite of hers,” Lynn said. “It stands the test of time, and doesn’t date like some of her other early ’80s looks. You could wear it today and still be the best-dressed person.” Lynn described the costume as “a silk velvet and it is ruched all the way down the bodice to the knee where the skirt flares out suddenly, in a way that made the pictures so memorable when she was dancing.”

Those who want to see the costume in particular person will have the ability to view it on show in Kensington Palace, for a particular exhibit. 

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