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By now a master of what worked for the cameras, Diana ensured that this burgundy silk-velvet evening dress, with its embroidered tail coat, photographed beautifully from every angle.
It was worn here to the premiere of the film Steel Magnolias in Leicester Square in 1990, and then again on a state visit to South Korea in 1992.
The simple column dress has a seductive slit at the back, while the slightly masculine tailored jacket is softened with exquisite, floral embroidery. It’s a bold look, so Diana was wise to choose accessories in the same colour.
Altogether, it’s easy to see why this is the perfect example of the type of dress Walker said she wanted to create for the princess. Dresses regal enough to satisfy her adoring public, but ones that Diana, the woman, would also enjoy wearing.
‘People think they know these dresses, but it isn’t until you see them close up that you understand the level of craftsmanship that has gone into them,’ says exhibition curator Eleri Lynn. ‘They are made for the cameras.’

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