Princess Diana ‘sent secret messages’ with outfits like revenge dress, expert claims
Princess Diana’s most iconic looks had secret meanings, one fashion expert claimed.
Fashion journalist Eloise Moran spoke on ITV’s Lorraine this morning about some of Diana’s most memorable outfits and how they hinted at how she was feeling at the time.
The journalist and author discovered hidden messages in outfits, including the princess’ black sheepskin sweater and the infamous “revenge dress” she wore the same night Prince Charles publicly confessed to adultery.
Eloise, the author of The Lady Di Look Book: What Diana Was Trying To Tell Us Through Her Clothes, also saw tributes from contemporary royals to the late princess.
She noted a stunning white dress with black polka dots, worn by Kate Middleton at Royal Ascot last week, and said the Duchess of Cambridge “paid direct tribute” to a dress her late mother-in-law wore at the same event in 1988.
Eloise, who runs the Instagram account @ladydirevengelooks, released her book after noticing that a new generation of royal fans hailed Diana as a style icon.
According to Eloise, Diana’s discomfort as a senior member of the royal family became apparent early on when she donned a red wool sweater during a polo match in 1980.
Eloise believes this outfit choice was a conscious choice on the part of Diana, who felt like “the proverbial black sheep” in the royal family from the start.
Princess Diana’s iconic outfits, such as the black sheep sweater (pictured) she wore to a 1980 polo match, had hidden meanings, fashion journalist Eloise Moran claims
The princess, who struggled with an eating disorder, was known in the royal family as ‘Shy Di’ during her early years – something Eloise said was particularly noticeable when she was pregnant with Prince William.
Diana’s iconic ‘revenge dress’ appeared in 1994 the same night Prince Charles publicly confessed to committing adultery in their marriage
After the divorce from Prince Charles, Diana chose to dress in more non-British designers such as Versace. She was also more likely to wear the high heels she’d avoided when dating Prince Charles, so as not to look taller than him
Eloise Moran, author of The Lady Di Look Book: What Diana Was Trying To Tell Us Through Her Clothes, has discovered hidden meanings in Diana’s most iconic looks
She appeared in Lorraine this morning and talked about Princess Diana’s best looks, including the infamous ‘revenge dress’
Speaking to presenter Lorraine Kelly, she said: “[Diana] was new to the royal scene and I think she felt a bit of an outsider.”
After Lorraine wondered if the black sheepskin sweater was a deliberate message, Moran added that Diana was wearing the sweater again while out for a walk with Sarah Ferguson.
“The two of them were on the polo field and you’d think they’d both feel a bit like that,” Eloise suggested, joking that it was “the two naughty ones.”
Diana, who saw her new Prince Charles play in the game, wore the Warm & Wonderful jersey which was printed with white sheep but featured a single black sheep in the middle.
Speaking of another iconic look of Diana when she was pregnant with Prince William, Lorraine noted that the princess had said she could “still find her feet.”
According to Eloise, her fashion choices during pregnancy gave another glimpse into her inner thinking at the time.
The author explains: ‘Sad, she was dealing with an eating disorder at the time and she was a little anxious.
“She was known as ‘Shy Di’ because she always kept her head down.”
Eloise showed a photo of the princess in a green maternity dress with a white collar and white dots on the polo, noting that it was a “typical” look of hers.
Eloise notes that contemporary royals like Kate Middleton pay tribute to Princess Diana’s most iconic looks (Diana, left, at Royal Ascot in 1988 and Kate, right, at Royal Ascot last week)
Lorraine noted the impact Diana had on women’s fashion as a style icon in the 1980s and 1990s.
She said, “If she was wearing something, wouldn’t it just disappear?”
Eloise noted that Princess Diana’s dress sense entered a “revenge” era after her split with Prince Charles.
Eloise focused on the “revenge dress” she wore in 1994 on the night Prince Charles first confessed to adultery, noting that the princess never intended to wear it at first.
The gorgeous black dress with a bardot neckline was designed by lesser-known Greek designer Christina Stambolian, but Diana originally planned to wear Valentino.
However, after a leak to the press detailing her outfit, the princess, who “loved the element of surprise,” stepped out in the Stambolian dress instead.
Host Lorraine Kelly recalled how Princess Diana set trends in the 80s and 90s
Given the timing of the gorgeous outfit, Lorraine said: ‘It was a message to’ [Charles] and to the world.’
After leaving the royal family, Diana was seen among more non-UK based designers such as Versace – taking advantage of her freedom.
Eloise stepped out in a purple Versace dress with matching purple Jimmy Choo heels and said Diana had developed an “international look.”
She said, “It’s very streamlined, you can tell she’s not afraid to show off her body more.”
The journalist also noted that Diana was seen more often in high heels after her breakup with Charles – because she did not want to appear taller than him during their marriage.
She said, “I don’t think she wanted to hurt his ego.”
Eloise added, “It’s the ultimate act of revenge.”