Princess Diana was famous for many things, including her colorful prints. But one of her most famous dresses of all time was black.
The Christina Stambolian LBD Lady Di dress, commonly known as the “revenge dress”, worn at the summer party at the Serpentine Gallery in June 1994, was both splendid and daring.
The People’s Princess rarely wore black outfits. However, when she did, it was obviously phenomenal.
The beaded Jacques Azagury dress she wore to a Tate gala in July 1997 was a sophisticated retreat from her signature dots and flowers.
There are also numerous instances where she has strayed from her signature prints, including the Versace tank dress she donned for a preview of Apollo 13 in 1995.
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Let’s look back at the most elegant and glamorous black dresses of Princess Diana.
Her “revenge dress” first appeared at the summer party in the Serpentine Gallery.
One of Diana’s secret weapons was tank dresses. She attended the preview of Apollo 13 and donned this LBD by Versace with a scooped tank neckline.
A Jacques Azagury floor-sweeping dress while attending a Cancer Research gala.
Another Jacques Azagury masterpiece she wore at a gala evening celebrating Tate gallery’s centenary.
A premiere of Backdraft saw her wearing a black gown with straps designed with embellishments by Bellville Sassoon.
Stunningly royal on the red carpet at a Sadler’s Wells gala concert.
Dangerous Liaisons premiere: A vision in velvet.
To attend a Les Miserables performance at the Barbican, donning a Bruce Oldfield evening gown.
A David and Elizabeth Emanuel piece of a voluminous black taffeta dress for a fundraising concert and reception.
Princess Diana Gains Popularity in Her Work
Princess Diana was dubbed the People’s Princess as she was an activist. It gained her popularity as well as unmatched public scrutiny, inflamed by her turbulent private life.
The public celebrated her due to her unparalleled passion for charity work. Initially, she focused on children and the elderly.
However, later, she plunged into two specific campaigns – the social attitudes toward and the acceptance of AIDS patients and the campaign for the pullout of landmines, promoted via the International Red Cross.
Princess Diana also became an advocate for means to aid people suffering from cancer and mental illness.
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