When Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially ended their marriage in 1996, after 15 years, Diana was the most talked-about woman in the world. Besides theirs being the most famous divorce in the world at the time, Diana, Princess of Wales, had a style aesthetic that fascinated the public — during her engagement, marriage, and separation, as well as after the divorce.
After a few early stumbles (the ’80s weren’t kind to most women), Diana became renowned for the wit she showed with her style. She honed a rebellious glamour over the years, and there was something joyful about her sartorial choices. It’s why her style still resonates, 20 years after her death on Aug. 31, 1997.
When it comes to her fashion legacy, Diana was a style icon to millions of women. Her evolution from scruffy Sloane Ranger — a distinctive upper-class look of the time — to chic sophisticate sparked and reignited numerous trends. Scroll through for a peek at many of the looks she was behind.
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