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Princess Diana’s Top Ten Iconic Looks

By Hillary Johns,

Princess Diana was a fashion icon. Her clothes have toured the world and still inspire fashionistas to this day. Today would have been the late Princess Diana’s 50th birthday. In honor of her and her timeless style, let’s take a look back at ten of Diana’s most iconic outfits.

1. Her wedding dress. Designed by Elizabeth Emanuel, Diana’s dress was painstakingly kept secret until the bride emerged from her carriage on her wedding day. The 25-foot train set the record for longest train at the time and flowed behind her as she walked down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981.

Designer Elizabeth Emanuel poses with her creation, the final calico toile for Lady Diana Spencer's wedding dress, an exact rendition of the gown later made in silk for her marriage to Britain's Prince Charles in 1981, pictured at La Galleria in London June 7, 2010. The creation is expected to reach 12,000 when it comes to auction alongside other Emmanuel Royal Archive items on Tuesday. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

2. The John Travolta dress. One of Diana’s dreams was to dance with John Travolta, popular at the time for Saturday Night Fever. During a White House state dinner in November 1985, Diana wore a midnight blue ball gown by Victor Edelstein, styled with a pearl chocker, while dancing with the actor. Check out what Travolta had to say about Diana below.

3. Her many little black dresses. This one in particular showed off her long legs and stunning body, causing a paparazzi frenzy as she walked past.
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4. Dresses by Catherine Walker. Diana’s go-to designer for all occasions, she wowed crowds in ball gowns and simple suits.
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5. Wellies and a sweater. Just months before getting married, Diana and Charles took a stroll around the grounds at Balmoral Castle. Before she was a Princess, Diana was a kindergarten teacher. This look shows that under all the glitz was just a simple, lovely girl.
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6. The Elvis dress. Worn while visiting Hong Kong, Diana looks like an angel. She was truly the people’s Princess.
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7. The blue engagement dress. Just after announcing her engagement to Prince Charles, Diana wore a flattering blue suit to match her now famous blue sapphire ring. Years later, Kate Middleton would follow her lead and wear sapphire blue with the same ring.
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8. While showing off her precious new baby, Prince William, Diana dressed in a green dress with white polka dots. The interesting white collar was in style at the time, of course.
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9. The leopard print bathing suit. Whoa, mama. While on vacation in Saint-Tropez, Diana rocked this one-piece and a matching sarong.
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10. Her Red Cross vest. Diana’s passion was helping those in need. While she loved a good ball gown as much as the next girl, The People’s Princess loved visiting Africa and working with charities there. Her love of philanthropy has been passed down to her sons, William and Harry. They work with many charities, both in their mother’s name and their own.
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