Even if the British monarchy is in your periphery, you’ve likely heard of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. She’s survived by her two sons, William and Harry, and her reputation as “The People’s Princess.” While alive, she made headlines in the British press for her charitable work, scandals, and perennially cool style. Photographs of Princess Diana’s outfits define the signature look of the 90s, from her athleisure outfit wearing the Harvard crew neck to her iconic Revenge Dress. She has made headlines again since her short adult life is at the centre of The Crown’s fifth season, portrayed by British actress Emma Corrin. As audiences, we get to reflect on the highs and lows of her life and recall her era-defining fashion sense. Ahead, discover Princess Diana’s outfits that were recreated on-screen for The Crown season five by Emmy award-winning costume designer Amy Roberts.
The Revenge Dress
The Princess of Wales wore this black dress by Christina Stambolian in June 1994, on the same day that her husband, Prince Charles, admitted to committing adultery on television.
On the show, Princess Diana wears this yellow ensemble with a thin belt and turtleneck to meet Hasnat Khan. The outfit is strikingly similar to an orange twinset that Diana wore in real life in 1995.
relaxed red puffer
With an increased interest in 90s fashion, these Princess Diana’s street-style looks dominate mood boards to this day. This look seen in episode two is nearly identical to the outfit she wore in 1994.
infamous Harvard sweater
This season of The Crown wouldn’t have been complete without a cameo from the Harvard sweater that real-life Princess Diana wore in 1997.
regal in red at her royal engagements
The costume designer for The Crown paid homage to plenty of the Princess of Wales’s real-life outfits, like this red dress that bears resemblance to an orange outfit she wore to the National English Ballet school in 1995.
the iconic red balloon sweater
When we look back at 90s fashion, Princess Diana’s red balloon sweater was a staple item. The Princess of Wales styled hers with an oversized black blazer in 1988, years before she was portrayed wearing it on The Crown.
Princess Diana wore this matching ensemble in real life while on vacation in 1993 and wore a recreation of it on episode seven of The Crown during her trip to see Hasnat.
meeting Mohamed Al-Fayed
Princess Diana wore this exact look featured on The Crown during her appearance at Washington’s Red Cross Headquarters in 1997.
florals in Seville, italy
Princess Diana wore this floral look while vacationing in 1991, but was portrayed wearing it during her “second honeymoon” to Italy in 1992 on The Crown.