Emma Corrin’s ‘just knickers’ outfit pushes yet more fashion boundaries

Emma Corrin shows off a Miu Miu double-layered pants in Venice
Emma Corrin shows off a Miu Miu double-layered pants set in Venice - Getty

Going out wearing just our knickers might be the sort of thing some of us have nightmares about, but for Emma Corrin it was just their latest avant-garde style statement. The British actor, best known for playing Princess Diana in The Crown, opted to wear a prim Miu Miu khaki cardigan with matching double-layered pants, sheer tights and tan brogues for an event held by the Italian label at Venice Film Festival to celebrate its Women’s Tales cinema project on Sunday.

The Crown star finished off the outfit with a pair of tan brogues
The Crown star finished off the outfit with a pair of tan brogues - Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty
The pants were co-ordinated with a khaki cardigan
The pants were co-ordinated with a khaki cardigan - Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty

Corrin, who revealed their non-binary gender identity in 2021, has developed a close partnership with Miu Miu in recent years. In March, they walked in the label’s Paris Fashion Week show wearing a similarly revealing look comprised of a beige turtleneck sweater and sequinned gold pants. Miu Miu’s creative director Miuccia Prada said “I love it! If I were younger, I would go out in panties!” when she spoke to Vogue about the collection, which featured 15 variations on the knickers-only ensemble.

Corrin on the Miu Miu runway in a similar outfit at Paris Fashion Week in March
Corrin on the Miu Miu runway in a similar outfit at Paris Fashion Week in March - Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho

It’s perhaps not a catwalk idea which will be copied by thousands, but Corrin and their stylist Harry Lambert, who also works with Harry Styles and Eddie Redmayne, never set out to create conformist, run of the mill outfits together. “I’m really fortunate to have the opportunity to experiment with fashion. It’s really given me the chance to explore my identity through clothing and I’m really interested in how that has changed and shifted year after year,” Corrin told Vogue earlier this year.

From a preppy tailored short suit with a tie at Wimbledon to a JW Anderson dress made to resemble a goldfish in a plastic bag at a premiere last year, Corrin’s choices are guaranteed to become talking points.

A preppy look at Wimbledon in July
A preppy look at Wimbledon in July - Karwai Tang
Corrin in a JW Anderson goldfish dress in October last year
Corrin in a JW Anderson goldfish dress in October last year - Karwai Tang/WireImage

Corrin, 27, isn’t the first fashionista to make a statement by eschewing the bottom half of an outfit. When socialite Nan Kempner was turned away from  New York restaurant La Côte Basque because she was wearing an Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo suit in 1968, she famously removed her trousers and declared that her jacket was a dress. Fifty-five years on, Corrin might be making some of their Gen Z counterparts consider trying the trend. For the rest of us, there’s always the cardigan.