Some fabulous photographs taken by Mario Testino capturing Diana at her most relaxed
After her marriage, Diana was dubbed "Princess of Fashion" because of the immaculate and elegant clothes that she wore.
She used many designers such as Jasper Conran, Catherine Walker, Murray Arbeid, Jacques Azagury, Caroline Charles, Victor Edelstein, Gina Fratini, John Galliano, Margaret Howell, Roland Klein, Bruce Oldfield, Rifat Ozbek, Zandra Rhodes, David Sasson, Christina Stambolian, Tomasz Starzewski, Valentino, Jan Vanvelden, Gianni Versace, Amanda Wakely, Yuki and Ronit Zilkha and of course Elizabeth and David Emmanuelle, the dress designers already made famous by the magnificent Royal Wedding Dress.
Shoemakers were Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo (Diana's favourite shoemaker) and Milliners were John Boyd, Frederick Fox, Stephen Jones, Graham Smith and Philip Somerville.
A strapless dress & jacket in white crepe, scattered with sequins and pearls designed by Catherine Walker dubbed 'The Elvis Dress'
Diana's wardrobe of state came under the hammer at Christies, New York, on 25 June 1997. This originally was the idea of Prince William. It was the most celebrated auction since the Duchess of Windsor's jewels had fetched up to fifty times their estimated price.
Opposite: A formal black & white satin dress tying on one hip in a striped bow worn on a visit to Saudi Arabia in 1986

The fans outside in the summer heat on Manhattan's Park Avenue were offering the bidders up to $270 for their tickets. The first dress by Gina Fratini which was a white sari-inspired chiffon dress trimmed with pearlized sequins and beads raised a staggering $85,000.
Leah Gottlieb, was the founder, owner and designer of the Gottex swimwear company that designed the swimsuits worn by Diana towards the end of her life. When the manageress of her West End showroom phoned Leah and told her that the Princess of Wales had made an appointment to choose a few things for a holiday in the South of France, she was delighted. Within minutes of hanging up the phone, Leah was booked on a plane from her home in Tel Aviv to London.
When Diana had chosen her swimsuits and chatted about fashion and family, she rose to leave. Then with a mischievious grin, she asked the shop manageress where her camera was.
An oyster duchesse satin dress and bolero, by French designer Victor Edelstein. This was noted to be Diana's favorite dress from her wardrobe of state
Everywhere she went everyone wanted a picture of the Princess, she had intended to ask the Princess's permission to take a photograph as a momento of the royal visit, when the flash failed to go off, Diana told her "never mind, if nothing comes out, I can always come back next week".
Opposite:- A finely pleated pale blue chiffon dress and stole designed by Catherine Walker. Diana wore this to the Cannes Film Festival in 1987


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