Princess Diana to Runway: She Did It First

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by Alyssa Giannone


Princess Diana is of course one of the biggest icons in the world, continuing to touch lives even 20 years after her death. She changed the world in a lot of ways through her humanitarian efforts during her time as Princess of Wales and after, deeming herself a Princess of the People. 


Diana also established herself as an unintentional fashion icon, continuously setting a high bar for designers and the public alike. Her style left a mark on the fashion industry forever, and inspiration from her most popular looks can still be seen on the runway today. Check out the photos below to see the similarities between a famous Diana gown, jewelry piece, or even a hat, and the freshest looks on the runway these days.

Her love of an all-pearl look

Diana, left, attending the State Banquet during an official visit to Hungary, 1990.

A model, middle, walks in the Lela Rose Spring 2018 Bridal show, NYC 2017.

Diana, right, attending the British Fashion Awards wearing a Catherine Walker gown and bolero jacket, London 1989.

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casual style: blazer, boots & jeans

Diana, top, sporting her casual look in a blazer atop a sweatshirt, jeans, riding boots and a trucker hat, 1988

Models, below, walking Toronto Fashion Week, 2014, and New York Fashion Week, 2017, respectively. 

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a matching hat/coat combo

Diana, left, attending a centenary service at Westminster Abbey, 1982.

A model, right, walks the runway for Chanel at Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris 2017.

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bold shoulder pads & colors

Diana, top, on an official visit to Hong Kong, 1989.

Diana, left, attending a state reception in Melbourne, 1988.

A model, right, walks the runway for Spring/Summer 2012 collection, January 2012.

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the checkered-pants outfit

Diana, top, sitting on the steps of her childhood home in Highgrove, 1986.

Models, below, walking in Autumn/Winter Tokyo Fashion Week, 2017; Sylvia Tcherassi collection at Miami Fashion Week, 2017.

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bringing velvet back

Diana, left, attending the premiere for 'Back to the Future', 1985.

A model, right, walks the Lanyu Haute Couture show at Paris Fashion Week, 2017.

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the high-waisted belted skirt

Diana, left, on an official visit to Bangkok, Thailand, 1988.

A model, right, walks for Carolina Herrera during New York Fashion Week, 2017.

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