8 Looks you can recreate from Lady Diana’s wardrobe in The Crown with local textiles

8 Looks you can recreate from Lady Diana’s wardrobe in The Crown with local textiles

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Recently released fourth Season of Netflix Original “The Crown” gave a gentle reminder to the fashion enthusiasts of the original style icon of royals, Princess Diana who ruled the style game much before the current royalty ala Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle became the reigning queens of style. According to Ebay reports, search for tweed blazers rose by 62%, sheep jumpers by 21%, Peter Pan collar by 22%, and ruffled shirt were up by 25%. Princess Diana’s iconic looks from the eighties and nineties were recreated in “The Crown” by costume designer Amy Roberts for actress Emma Corrin. Since season four is just about the introduction of Lady of Wales, we often remain unimpressed with the choices of ensembles. But then again, clothes evolve as personalities evolve, said Amy Roberts in an interview. The demure and naïve Lady Diana Spencer slowly develops her footing and her individual style as she navigates through her relations and royalty as Lady of Wales. 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana in The Crown
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)

Known for her love for colours, prints and bold choices as opposed to unsaid modest diktats for royalty, Princess Diana rose to the stature of being a beloved style icon globally. Though celebrated as a style icon now, Diana Spencer hadn’t found her look yet when she met and married Prince Charles. She begins the season as “a young girl, just leading her life like young girls do, in a flat, not particularly fashion-conscious,” Roberts says. “She just kind of looked ordinary.” There there, hope is there for all. From cardigans and jumpers to pleated skirts and suits, from gala gowns to tea dresses, she wore it all with equal panache. Her charm lied in her smile as she breezed through in any attire. 

Princess Diana and Prince Charles at Balmoral castle
Princess Diana and Prince Charles at Balmoral castle

Ciceroni brings you 8 iconic looks of Lady Diana that can be recreated locally using Indian textiles and crafts. We have reimagined how India’s Vocal for Local theme can be adapted to Lady Diana’s globally approved style. Get creative as you take notes and style inspiration from Lady Diana’s wardrobe in The Crown and in real life. 

  1. Dazzling Red Gown 

This dazzling red gown was worn by Princess Diana in 1989 as she was seen arriving at Claridge’s Hotel in London. She wore matching shoes and carried clutch along with. A resplendent vision that can be easily translated in festive styling for Indian galas and festivities.

Princess Diana in red dress
Princess Diana in 1989 as she was seen arriving at Claridge’s Hotel in London.

Ciceroni Local Recommendation – India’s diaphanous and regal Chanderi textile would be perfect to recreate this look. Opt for chequered chanderi with gold zari or bring in your own twist by going all silver striped in red. A brooch and a metallic choker is all you need for 2020 style stamp. 

2. Metallic Silver Gown 

While metallics seem to be ruling the festivities in India now, the trend goes back to the late seventies and eighties. Lady Diana wore this classy metallic dress by Bruce Oldfield as she arrived at a fashion show at Grosvenor House Hotel in London in 1985. Silver and gold can never go out of style, period. 

Lady Diana in metallic silver dress
Lady Diana arriving at a fashion show at Grosvenor House Hotel in London in 1985.

 Ciceroni Local Recommendation – Play around with tissue, organza or zari silk, whatever fabric catches your fancy. The fall of the fabric will be of utmost importance to get those chic pleated structure throughout the body. Go silver should you choose to go same or opt for gold. Accessorise with minimalist dainty jewellery for dreamy look or go bold with structural choker for cocktail parties and evening dinners. 

3. Sparkling Emerald Dress 

Give us jewel tones and we are happy bunny. Royalty adored it and so do all designers come festive season. Seen here is Lady Diana wearing a sparkling, emerald-green dress and matching clutch at a performance of High Society in London in 1987. Deep V necklines and cinched waist seemed to be her preference for most of her evening appearances. 

Lady Diana in emerald green dress
Lady Diana at a performance of High Society in London in 1987

Ciceroni Local Recommendation – Think of Banarasi brocades or Soft South Silk in emerald green with a hint of desi hue. Deep V neck-line and exaggerated sleeve will add drama to the silhouette. Team it with oh-so-popular pearl choker to give desi-chic vibes or go contemporary with solid gold choker. Yes, chokers from Lady Diana’s wardrobe are back with a bang in 2020. 

4. Blue & White Skirt Suit 

Skirt suits were quite a popular alternative for pant suits back in eighties and nineties. If the skirts are so free flowing, we wouldn’t mind it either. In a blue and white suit designed by Catherine Walker and a matching hat by Philip Somerville, Lady Diana paints a classic picture while visiting the Heliopolis War Cemetery in Cairo in 1992. 

Lady Diana in blue and white skirt suit
Lady Diana visiting the Heliopolis War Cemetery in Cairo in 1992.

Ciceroni Local Recommendation – The flow of this skirt brings in the image of organic cotton skirts that are so in vogue. You can think of organic cotton fabric for  skirt to get the free fall and add linen for the jacket. Get it tailored to perfection in pastel blue shade for the exact impression of Lady Diana’s style. If you want to go Indian, use aqua blue jamdani fabric for jacket. The skirt suit can be used separately too, a win-win for all. 

5. Tweed Skirt Suits 

Princess Diana’s love for skirt suits meant having British favourite tweeds too. In Netflix series “The Crown”, Emma Corrin flaunts two very striking suits in red and powder yellow as designed by Amy. While Indian weather round the year doesn’t really support tweed as a fabric, one cant let go off its alternative. 

Emma Corrin red tweed suit
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN). Filming Location: Somerleyton Hall
Emma Corrin in Yellow tweed suit
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN). Filming Location: Renold Building, Manchester

Ciceroni Local Recommendation – While the local fabric stores can give you fabric similar to tweed, go experimental with Madras checks or gingham with inner thick lining for a proper fall. Red, Yellow, Candy Pink or Green, this skirt suit can be your best friend for formal meetings or evening dinners. You can also wear them to lunch with friends for fun get togethers.

6. Flirty Polka Dots 

Be it Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman or Lady Diana in her Donald Campbell dress, polka dots are guaranteed to bring in sass. This particular pink dress was worn by the princess on her visit to Perth, Australia in 1983. 

Lady Diana in pink polka dress
Lady Diana in Perth, Australia – 1983

Ciceroni Local Recommendation – Gujarat’s famous Bandhani with its rai dana can be used as an alternative to Polka dotsThis is where the marriage of design and craft happens. If you are creative, get the bandhani fabric made with polka dots to get your own stylish tea dress. Be it fuchsia or red, go bold with colours and keep the silhouette exactly like Lady Diana’s for the global appeal.

7. Layer that Coat 

Winters are here and so is the layering game. Long trench coats have always added a glam quotient to the overall look, be it summers or winters. In a fringe detailed coat in rust colour, blue hat and matching shoes, Lady Diana gave major colour goals to Britishers while visiting the Guildhall in London after announcing her first pregnancy. 

Lady Diana in trench coat
Lady Diana in London after announcing her first pregnancy

Ciceroni Local Recommendation – Be it thick kora cotton embroidered with Kutchi work or work on coarse Tangaliya weave, be it jute fabric handwoven with bohemian vibes, you can go local with crafts of India when it comes to coats. Fringes add a hint of drama. Get your hands on long coats this season. 

8. Jumper & Skirt 

Jumpers and skirts have been trending in Indian fashion since last two years with brands like Zara and H&M advertising through their catalogues. But Princess Di wore it back in 1987 while helping Prince Harry carry a plate of strawberries in Windsor. Seen here, she is wearing a sweater by Roland Klein and skirt by Jasper Conran. 

Lady Diana in Skirt and Jumper
Princess Di in 1987 with Prince Harry in Windsor

Ciceroni Local Recommendation – Knife pleat skirts would fall beautifully well in Khunn fabric or ikkat fabric. Select bright colours for Indian vibes or opt for neutrals like beige, blue and black for contemporary vibes. Get your jumpers woven by home based weavers to add your own special motif like how Lady Diana loved the sheep motif. 

Colours sets the style apart. Here is a colour palette for you to get inspired from besides our local recommendations. 

Lady Diana in Pastel Blue
Pastel Blue
Lady Diana in Powder Yellow
Powder Yellow
Lady Diana in pastel green
Mint Green
Lady Diana in Pink
Pretty Pink
Lady Diana in The Crown
Shade of Blue
Princess Diana in red
Red with Peter Pan collars
Falguni Patel

2 Replies to “8 Looks you can recreate from Lady Diana’s wardrobe in The Crown with local textiles”

  1. Whattay beauty! Princess Diana’s style is both timeless yet unique. While one adores the recreated looks in Crown Season 4, and dreams of those blazers and cardigans and gowns, what perfect suggestions to make them with a touch of Indian fabrics! Vocal for Local indeed. The Kora Cotton with Kutchi embroidery or even the Ikat skirt – I can already picture them! This piece is truly a stylist’s tribute and when coming from Falguni’s treasure, it ought to be picture perfect! ❤️ Beautiful and well researched article, as it encompasses several versatile styles from Princess Diana’s wardrobe and how they could be Indianised keeping the grace and aesthetics intact! Loved attention to the last detail in recommendations on which fabric will fall well in a certain style and which will give the right texture to suit the look! Lovely indeed!

    1. Thank you Niyati, glad you noticed the intricacies. That was the idea, to provide Indian perspective , of our fabrics in a way that is aspirational and achievable, all within means by anyone.

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