With a royal engagement announced
and Princess Diana's ring on Kate Middleton's finger, many are feeling nostalgic about the time when young Diana first came into the public eye. There are several places where you can see Diana's dresses. A special exhibition of ten dresses that belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales
is on display at the Fashion Museum in Bath, England
from now until January 9, 2011. The dresses were lent to the museum by their owner, Mrs Suzanne King and span the 16 years that Diana was in the spotlight as a style icon. The exhibit includes dresses worn during the Royal tours of Canada and New Zealand in the early 1980s, evening dresses by couturier Catherine Walker from around 1990, and little black cocktail dresses by designers such as Versace from the mid-1990s.
Since her tragic early death, Princess Diana's dresses have been in exhibits around the world and some have sold for quite a bit of money. Earlier this year the black taffeta gown that she wore on her first official appearance after her engagement to Prince Charles sold for £192,000 at auction. That dress was bought by the Fundacion Museo De La Moda
in Chile. Jorge Yarur, the founder of the museum, has said that when he dies he plans to have this dress and the other Diana dresses he owns donated to Kensington Palace, where she lived from the time of her wedding in 1981 until her death in 1997.
Princess Diana's wedding dress is currently in Michigan at the Grand Rapids Art Museum where it is the star of an exhibit titled "Diana -- A Celebration," which opened earlier this month and runs through February 16, 2011. The exhibit of more than 150 personal objects includes the ivory silk taffeta and lace wedding dress, with a fitted, boned bodice and curved neckline. Admission to the exhibit is $20.