Is this Di’s Jackie O moment? At any rate, she’s style muse of ...


Is this Di’s Jackie O moment? At any rate, she’s style muse of the moment

As fashion looks to project itself as more meaningful than clothes, Diana couldn't be more right for now

Bethan Holt

“If anything happens to me, do you think people will see me as another Jackie Kennedy?” Diana, Princess of Wales once asked Philip Somerville, one of her favourite milliners. It reveals how conscious she was of her own legend, and her place in the pantheon of beautiful women whose image was obsessed over by millions.

But she could never have predicted the perfect storm of nostalgia, feminism and frenzied 24/7 internet exposure which means that, 22 years after her death, Diana has come to represent something entirely unique and different to anything she could have imagined.

Two recent fashion moments sum up the enduring effect of Diana; how she resonates across generations and how she used clothes so powerfully that her signature looks (of which there were so many) denote much more than a simple penchant for florals, sweatshirts or wide shoulders...

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