Diana rose like a phoenix from the ashes of her royal life in this body-skimming, embellished ice-blue number by Italian designer Gianni Versace, which cleverly leaves just the right amount of flesh on show. Made from elaborate beaded silk, it’s a stunning example of the new, sexually confident princess — as this 1997 cover photo for Harper’s Bazaar, shot by fashion favourite Patrick Demarchelier shows.
‘The simplicity of this image, with its understated hair and make-up and lack of jewellery, means it hasn’t dated. And it’s a stunning dress that wouldn’t look out of place on the catwalks today,’ says the Mail’s style editor Dinah van Tulleken.
‘Your eye is drawn to the low-cut neckline which is embellished with turquoise and gold studs, pyramids and faceted glass. It’s a silk dress with silk lining — exquisite and now iconic. A one-of-a-kind haute-couture piece.’