A spokesperson for Design Bundles spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk about Diana’s choice of jewellery, and how it spoke volumes about her crumbling marriage to Prince Charles at the time.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles officially separated on December 9, 1992.
Two years later Charles admitted to having an affair on national television.
On this same night, Diana made her appearance in what has widely been dubbed as her ‘revenge’ outfit.
The spokesperson said: “The fact that Diana accessorised the dress with a multi-string pearl necklace crafted from a brooch given to her as a wedding gift by the Queen Mother is very telling.
“Diana took the brooch – an immense sapphire studded with diamonds, given to mark a marriage which was now unravelling before the cameras – and restyled it into a piece she really loved and could enjoy.
“There’s always this temptation – in society, popular culture and media – to see Diana is this terrified young girl who just couldn’t cope.
“But this perception of her does her memory a huge disservice as it misses out huge aspects of her character.
“In later life, she just grew more and more vivid, strong and dominant, championing the causes she cared about, and (as much as she respected the crown as the mother of William, the future King) refusing to allow Royal tradition to dictate her identity.”
The spokesperson then went on to talk about the actual ‘revenge dress’ which has gone down in history as one of Diana’s most iconic looks.
They continued: “Princess Diana’s ‘revenge dress’ was the most powerful outfit she ever wore and is arguably even more iconic than her wedding dress.
“It speaks of a woman transformed and embracing her identity after years of public scrutiny and private misery.
“Every inch of this beautifully sculpted gown – a Christina Stambolian black cocktail piece, with a daring neckline and chiffon train – has been analysed for decades as the outfit Diana wore to knock Prince Charles off the front pages, just as he was about to broadcast his infidelity on television to the world.
“However, while this worked remarkably well – The Sun ran a photo of Diana in the ‘revenge dress’, with the headline: ‘The Thrilla he Left to woo Camilla’, this dress is about so much more than that.
“Princess Diana loved the dress but had resisted wearing it for three years because she was concerned it was too risqué for her position as the wife of Prince Charles within the Royal Family.
“Now, on the night of her husband’s revelation of infidelity, she wore the dress to celebrate who she really was, and what she really liked.
“Princess Diana had the extraordinary gift of being able to communicate meaning through fashion, a legacy we see in both of her daughters in law – Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
“The ‘revenge dress’ spoke volumes.
“It allowed Diana to control the narrative about Prince Charles’ affair right from the start by ensuring that the media saw her as someone powerful, in control of her style and identity, which she absolutely was.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK