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Diana, the world at your feet

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Diana, the world at your feet

“I found her sexy, yes. Absolutely … People are naturally sexy or sexy, or they aren’t. She was both. [Diana] he was aware of me and I was aware of her. I didn’t know if someone was taking pictures, to tell the truth … But I knew it had to look wonderful because history was being made. And my job was to make everything go smoothly, as if at the cinema. “Tina Brown, the former director of the American Vanity Fair, divulges this confidence of John Travolta in the book Diana, Uma Vida, when the actor revealed to the world his second most famous dance, this time with Princess Diana. He did not do it on a dance floor, as in Saturday Night Fever, but in the magnificence of a gala dinner at the White House in November 1985, in the era of that Ronald and Nancy Reagan had glamorized the American presidency, which only happened to JFK and his wife, Jacqueline, in the 1960s. John Travolta would confide, years later, in an interview with a Dutch television station: “I didn’t expect to dance with Princess Diana. It was the President’s wife, Nancy Reagan, who said to me, ‘It’s her will.’ At midnight, I had to touch him on the shoulder and say, ‘Do you mind dancing with me?’ She turned to me and lowered her head in that characteristic Lady Diana way and we spent 15 minutes dancing. “But according to the revelations of Paul Burrell, the princess’s butler, Diana’s target as her dance partner was Mikhail Regardless of the choice, and as Travolta had predicted, the moment was historic and if no one remembers what music they danced, the only thing left is the memory of a fortuitously happy princess, in a long evening dress in blue velvet, created by the Englishman Victor Edelstein, and that twirls in John Travolta’s arms under the amused gaze of the Reagan couple. At the auction of dresses worn by Diana that Christie’s organized in the summer of 1997 in New York, that was the most disputed and expensive. The New York Times, Edelstein’s creation broke the record for a garment, detonating (ironically) the white and tight three-piece suit that John Travolta wore in the iconic dance scene in the 1971 Saturday Night Fever movie 7.

Proof that Princess Diana’s role in fashion was not only inspiring, but that of a true icon, is the fact that the aforementioned dress was, during this year (and more than 30 years after the famous moment), one of the central pieces of the exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story, in Kensington Palace, the official residence of the princess for 15 years. The exhibition’s curator, Eleri Lynn, told the Vanity Fair (US edition) website that Diana “is entering the same kind of space as an Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy: a fashion icon, whose style is so copied and so loved “. Diana’s wardrobe could tell the story of a lifetime. The then young and shy bride of Prince Carlos started by looking, in the English Vogue team, for the advice of specialists to create a royal wardrobe that would have different phases, among them that of the so-called Diana Dinasty, in reference to the series of American television, because Diana was undoubtedly an international star. For Diana, the vocabulary of fashion changed. There were no excesses, no limits on brightness, impossible colors to match or skirts that were too wide, but bold choices. She used everything with the same sense of state brightened by a touch of good humor and was an expert in the art of shuffling and reconnecting pieces that were created especially for her, some by creators that she presented to the world. If fashion is a royal communication tool today, it is thanks to Diana. But, just as the front pages of newspapers had part of their strength to escape to social networks, so the royal wardrobe has adapted to a reality in which equality and speed of communication are promoted. Today, the exclusivity of clothing remains a guaranteed privilege, but a princess that appears on the lists of best-dressed women has to surrender, occasionally, to both luxury brands and international low cost fashion chains. As Tina Brown writes in the aforementioned book: “In the 1980s, England was defined vis-à-vis the rest of the world by three divas of global dimension: Diana, Princess of Wales, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Joan Collins, the mediocre actress filmmaker who has become a giant television star. The British Isles have shrunk a little since they returned to a culture run by men. ” When Diana became a princess and joined the British royal family, the latter was not captivated by their sympathy or their proximity to the people. Diana was the exception and, therefore, when accompanied by her prince in official acts, Diana’s blue eyes crossed the cameras of a more popular and sensationalist press industry that was emerging in a gray England and repressed by austerity. With Diana, magic happened. The princess has stimulated, like no other figure, the sale of newspapers and magazines to date, providing beautiful photographs, front pages and stories. It was inevitable that the press and the public would fall in love with her. He learned, with time and experience, to play with fame a dangerous game that would have the cruelest of all consequences on the night of August 31, 20 years ago. Diana became the most photographed woman in the world and used her celebrity to illuminate the causes she supported and made her much more than a beautiful and well-dressed princess. While she was married, she sponsored more than 100 charities. And even when, after divorcing, he decided to reduce his public exposure, he continued to actively support the homeless, lepers, the fight against AIDS and two of his great passions: children and ballet.

Currently, it is part of a princess’ job (and mission) to support social change movements on issues such as education, health or equality. Diana embraced humanitarian causes as her great mission and made a difference just by not wearing gloves. We saw her pass as a young bride, 19 years old, with a lace top photographed by Lord Snowdon, the attractive woman in a Versace dress through the lens of Mario Testino. We also saw her as the fearless woman in mined land in Angola, before a battalion of photographic reporters. The story of the People’s Princess (nickname pronounced by the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, who stuck to the princess’s image as a true identity) has been told over and over and few of her secrets will be kept. Last summer, the story was retold in two new documentaries: in the words of the princess herself (Diana: In Her own Words) and through the memories of her children (Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy). When Diana Spencer and Prince Carlos were married, in 1981, to an estimated radio and television audience of one billion people, Carolina of Monaco had already married and married Philippe Junot, Grace Kelly had changed the whole image of a principality, Princess Ana had appeared on the cover of English Vogue and Princess Margarida had shown that the rules of royalty needed to be broken. Before Diana, other princesses emerged the phenomenon of the princess seen as a celebrity. But no one else has become the most famous woman in the world.

Moments when it revolutionized history

The mine campaign in Angola in January 1997. It was his last major crusade.

Dress auction in June 1997 at Christie’s in New York. The 79 dresses presented at the auction yielded about two million pounds plus 1.5 million with catalog sales. It was considered a success.

The fight against AIDS has shown her a fervent support, especially when she was not afraid to touch patients, thus helping to fight the fear of a disease that was unknown. Homeless people and lepers were its other major causes.

Children are one of Diana’s most representative facets: motherhood. He tried to make princes’ lives normal and broke many taboos of royalty when it came to raising children.

The separation in late 1992 was announced and the divorce took place in August 1996.

History was made for being the first Englishwoman to marry the heir to the British throne, 300 years ago.

Historical looks

The engagement was announced on February 24, 1981 and the bride wore a blue suit, matching the engagement ring with a sapphire wrapped in diamonds.

The wedding, on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul’s Cathedral. There were about 600,000 people on the streets of London and about 750 million people watching at home, according to the BBC. The bride wore a dress from the creative duo Emanuel.

The dance with John Travolta, on the official visit to the United States in 1985, revealing Diana in a blue velvet dress by Victor Edelstein.

The party at the Serpentine Gallery, on the day that Prince Carlos gave an interview to the BBC. The dress was a creation of Christina Stambolian.

The Elvis style, or the famous dress and bolero set, in silk crepe with embroidered pearls, is one of Catherine Walker’s most famous creations for the princess. The creator was one of the people who most often wore Diana.

Like a movie star, in a flowing blue dress by Catherine Walker, at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987.

Versace, more than a fashion designer, was a friend and Diana used several pieces of her own. This dress is one of them. And who better to use it …

The first appointment was also the first (and probably the only) gaffe. Diana wore a black dress (color that royalty only …


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