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Princess Diana’s Famous Dress Will be Put on Display at Kensington Palace

One of Diana’s most iconic dresses, the one The Princess of Wales wore at the White House in 1985 the night she famously danced with John Travolta, will be put on display at her old home to help lure visitors back to Kensington Palace.

Diana, who tragically died in 1997, is thought to have worn the Victor Edelstein designed dress as many as eight times in public. 

In addition to dancing with Travolta, which is why the dress’s nicknamed the “Travolta Dress”, she also danced with President Reagan and actors Tom Selleck and Clint Eastwood that evening. 

Palace expert Eleri Lynn, whose team is displaying the gown at Diana’s former home, discovered that the princess wore it to many other standout events, including the 1988 London premiere of Wall Street, where she met Michael Douglas, and to a banquet in former West Germany a couple of years before the Berlin Wall can down.

She was also photographed wearing it for a portrait in the early ’90s and then for another portrait, sitting for Lord Snowden in 1997. 

Lynn, who is the curator of the Royal Ceremonial Dress collection, said it was the dress Diana had worn most. 


Karen Spensley

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