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Searches for Princess Diana inspired fashion have risen on eBay as fans tune into season four of The Crown.
The latest season, which dropped on Netflix on 15 November, features the young Diana as she transforms from shy teenager to popular royal.
According to eBay, searches for fashion items associated with the late royal rose on 15 November compared to 15 October.
Searches for tweed blazers rose by 62%, while searches for sheep jumpers rose by 21%.
Searches for ‘Peter Pan collar’ were up by 22%, and ‘ruffled shirt’ were up by 25%.
Searches for ‘headband’ are also up by 59%.
Meanwhile, searches for Princess Diana were up 73% on the auction site.
Jemma Tadd, head of fashion at eBay UK said: “Inspired by the iconic 90s looks worn by Princess Diana, as replicated in the latest series of The Crown, we’re seeing shoppers turn back the clock. Diana is once again setting the trends, with an uptake in styles from a tartan jacket, to a Peter Pan collar and even that classic sheep jumper.”
Diana is played by relative newcomer Emma Corrin in season four of The Crown and she has won praise for her portrayal of the late Princess of Wales.
With several historical consultants and researchers on the show, the team pays attention to recreating outfits the royals wore.
Corrin said of the royal’s fashion: “She had so many outfits, especially in the later episodes when she started taking more risks and being more playful with fashion, she had this YSL bomber jacket which was so great.
“I loved her casual stuff, the jeans and jumpers were very her. There were two jumpers which were also replicas - one was a sheep jumper that one of which is in the V&A and we got the only other one in the world.
“There was another one she wears in episode one - a pink jumper - and the original makers hand-made one for us.
“Her fashion marked such a change in the Royal Family it kind of modernised them quite a lot and she took it to another level, working with designers, going to the Met Gala.”
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Ahead of the season release, Sidonie Roberts, assistant costume designer on the Netflix series, said of Diana’s fashion: “We start at the very beginning and see her evolve from a young girl living with her friends in Sloane Square to the makings of a princess, then actually becoming the 'People’s Princess' to finally the beginnings of the end which we will see more of in season 5.
“I think despite the obvious changes there is a real sense or arc of the same person throughout all these stages in terms of how she dresses. There is and always was a sense of playfulness, an openness and with that a vulnerability that connects her to her image.”
In her time as a senior royal and after she separated from Charles, Diana used her clothes to communicate a certain message, often choosing colours and styles carefully for her engagements.
Eleri Lynn, the curator of 'Diana: Her Fashion Story', said: “It can seem frivolous talking about somebody’s fashion as if it’s all that defines them.
“But fashion is an important way into history.
“Diana was a master of using clothes as a form of language, as a form of communication.
“She very famously said to Jasper Conran, ‘what message am I giving out?’”
The Crown is streaming now on Netflix.
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