It's hard to believe that long before her days as a royal, Princess Diana was just a regular girl. But, when the 20-year-old first appeared wearing an 18-carat oval sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring from Prince Charles, Lady Di's life inevitably changed. In fact, the day she got engaged, biographer Andrew Morton says she “literally had one long dress, one silk shirt, one smart pair of shoes, and that was it." As it turned out, Princess Di and her mother "had to go out and buy six of everything.” As if that wasn't stressful enough, imagine the added stress of finding something to wear when you announce your engagement to the future King of England. Yeah, no easy feat.
On the hunt for the perfect outfit, Lady Di's first stop was Bellville Sassoon, a British clothing store. Unfortunately, she left empty-handed, so it was on to the next. Princess Di soon found herself at Harrods, the famous department store. There, she was able to find a royal blue skirt suit (very appropriate) to perfectly match her sapphire engagement ring.
Fun fact: Kate Middleton also wore blue when she announced her engagement to Prince William. Clearly, Lady Di's personal style would influence the fashion industry for years to come.
Many secrets behind Lady Di's wardrobe and style have emerged in the past few months. Most recently, Elizabeth Emanuel, the designer behind her Diana's iconic wedding dress, recalled Princess Di's transformation in the days before her nuptials. “She was just lovely, really kind of easy going," Emanuel previously revealed to People. We never had any special instructions about how to make the wedding dress. That added a bit to the fun of it all, made it bit of an adventure.”
“It’s always been about a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis,” she continued. “And that is her story, really. She was emerging into a new world, a new life’s adventure.”