Irish exhibition to lend Princess Diana dresses to the UK

Two events will house now Irish-owned items

Irish exhibition to lend Princess Diana dresses to the UK

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An Irish exhibition is to lend several pieces worn by Princess Diana to special events in the UK.

‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ opened to the public on Friday at Kensington Palace and will run throughout the year.

Garments now owned by museums and private collectors all over the world are included in this exhibition - including the famous pale pink Emanuel blouse which is owned by Newbridge Silverware.

This has been lent to the exhibition.

Diana famously wore this blouse in her engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981.

The designers of the piece were then the little-known designers, husband and wife design duo, David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

The pale pink Emanuel blouse on display | Image supplied to

The photograph of Lady Diana wearing the blouse was the first official portrait of the future Princess of Wales.

The Museum of Style Icons and Newbridge Silverware also own another piece belonging to Diana, which has gone on loan to Britain.

The Blenheim Palace is hosting an exhibition called ‘A Passion for Fashion – 300 years of Style’.

The piece – a black, Christina Stambolian off-the-shoulder dress - is now famously called ‘The Revenge Dress.’

Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a black dress commissioned from Christina Stambolian, attends the Vanity Fair party at the Serpentine Gallery in 1994 | Image supplied to

In 1994 Diana attended a Vanity Fair party at the Serpentine Gallery, not long after Charles’ confession of adultery during a now infamous interview.

It is believed that Diana had the dress some time before she separated from Prince Charles.

The dress was an immediate show-stopper and showed off her toned body and just a glimpse of her slender legs.

The image of a confident, indefatigable Diana appeared on every front page newspaper the following day.

William Doyle, CEO of Newbridge Silverware, said: “We were of course very pleased to lend both garments to the two palaces and we are lucky to own what are probably two of Princess Diana’s most famous pieces.

“She was a woman who knew the power of fashion and understood that she could communicate various messages through her choice of clothing.

“The Engagement Blouse is so different to the Revenge Dress and both mark two distinct periods in the late Princess’ life. It’s fascinating.”