Princess Diana and Revenge Fashion
A new book explores how Diana invented revenge fashion.
Eloise Moran, British fashion journalist lady di lookbookuniquely captures the emotion of the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death and why she will forever remain in our hearts.
What emotions are associated with the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death?
It’s still very surreal to think that this woman who was so vivid and inspired so many people is no longer here. She was this otherworldly person, but I really felt that people knew her like family. It happened in a way, but it was a high speed chase by the paparazzi. I think people still have a hard time understanding how someone like Diana could die in such a terrible way. Thanks to all the research, I’ve seen so much footage at this point and it still chokes me every time I watch it.
Over the last 25 years, Diana has missed a lot. Both of her sons have families of their own. What does she think of where they are now?
Although she missed the boys’ adult lives, I think she’s happy to see them finding a sense of normalcy in their own way.Diana’s legacy lives on through them. She was personable and she was very touchy. I think her boys inherited those qualities. She loved visiting America, so she probably liked the fact that Harry lived there. If she had lived, she would have been here all along. Diana has always been attracted to Americans, perhaps a little more free-thinking, more outspoken personalities. I think you would understand where it came from in terms of forging its own path.
How did you become interested in Diana?
In 2018, I became interested in Diana. I was going through a divorce at her 25th. I stumbled upon Diana’s documentary and felt that she really connected with her. I thought she was very interesting because she should be the least relevant person in the world.
That’s when I started an Instagram account, Lady Di Revenge Looks, documenting all of her best post-divorce looks. I have worked in fashion all my life. I started the account as an outlet for my thoughts about my ex. I never thought it would go anywhere. We came across Diana’s incredible outfit in the ’90s because no one was really posting about her ’90s Diana at the time, but our Instagram feeds were flooded with pictures of Diana , which is now unimaginable. She was very natural and had an inherent sense of style. When she wasn’t dressed like a princess, it was an opportunity for her to rebel in some way, so I thought it would be fun to document these looks.
What does Princess Diana’s style reveal about how she feels in different moments?
Looking at her look from early on, she was overwhelmed by everything, and as the ’80s progressed, we could see her growing confidence in her style. Her ‘Dynasty Di’ days were great. She was showing the world that she was no longer used to standing in the shadows.She wanted to be seen. She wasn’t as content to stand behind her husband as she once was when she was trying to be a dutiful wife in the early ’80s, and in her ’90s these amazing minimalist Off-duty business had all her casual looks. There are many great pantsuits out there. I think they represent Diana as a free, modern woman.
Congrats on the book release. Lady Di Look Book: What Diana Was Trying To Tell Us through her clothesWhat can the reader expect from it?
The book celebrates Diana’s playful sense of humor. It’s a complete biography from the early 80’s to the late 90’s when she died. It covers her best revenge looks and everything she was trying to say through her clothes.In the end, it’s not all about these new renderings of Diana, it’s more about her side of the story. A very feminist retelling of her story that shows a lot. spencer When crownI think these shows really played into both the mental illness factor and that she had an eating disorder.I think they made her look overly fragile. It’s a celebration of Diana that shows all her strengths and hopefully inspires women. I hope that the reader will understand that Diana was a strong person, regardless. I hope you will.