13 Iconic Princess Diana Outfits Recreated in ‘The Crown’s’ This season, The Crown finally introduces a long-awaited character: the Princess of Wales. Even for a royal, Princess Diana was an icon, loved around the world for many reasons—not the least of which was her oft-imitated style.
But the polished, confident princess most fans remember isn’t who we meet in The Crown, not quite. As costume designer Amy Roberts recently explained to Town & Country, the version of Diana that actress Emma Corrin portrays is just getting her footing. In the beginning of the season, she’s naïve and uncertain, not far removed from high school, but as the episodes progress, the story takes”that girl on this momentous journey, where she meets the handsome prince, she’s engaged, and then she’s kind of whisked away to the palace,” Roberts says.
“I never feel she quite got her style,” she adds, recalling the puff-sleeved dress Diana wears shortly after moving into the palace in episode three, when she fails to curtsy to the Windsors in the right order. “She just looks awkward and like a little girl.” Later, for her and Charles’s royal tour of Australia, “I just felt it was like dressing up a doll. I never felt she was being allowed to be a real person, if that makes sense.”
But by the finale, something’s changed. “I think slowly, slowly, as our story progresses, and sadly the marriage becomes more and more problematic, she kind of realizes her power—her power with her attractiveness and how people warm to her. And so I think her style, at the end, points a bit more to the Diana that I think people remember particularly and expect.”
But that doesn’t mean there weren’t plenty of outfits that people do remember from this period of Diana’s life—many of which were recreated, nearly stitch-for-stitch, for this season of The Crown. Below, see some of the looks the show pulled from real life.
The series referenced many of the royal’s most famous looks.From The Pioneer Woman