Princess Diana's Most Iconic Looks: Real Life Vs. The Crown
15th January, 2021
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Series four of The Crown has got us marveling at the recreated looks of Lady Diana, few to the point where we cannot tell the original from the adapted! While this Netflix original series does not revolve solely around Lady Diana’s character, the near-flawless recreation of her looks stole the show. Thanks to the brilliant Emmy award-winning Amy Robert, the costume designer for the series, we got to re-imagine the princess in her casual ensemble and impeccable gowns. In this article, we will be looking at Lady Diana’s original outfits and the recreated ones in season four of The Crown to see how the show nailed the style icon's looks.
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Princess Diana in a spaghetti-strap gown
Lady Diana was spotted dazzling in a shimmery red gown at a James Bond film premiere in 1981, back when she was yet to be wed to Prince Charles. The gown was from the English vintage couture store Bellville Sassoon, and its highlight was the glamorous fabric it was made from. As the princess wasn’t someone who would let down a fabulous gown just by wearing it once, she wore it again to the Royal Opera House in 1982.
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Red strappy gown in The Crown
In season four, the beautiful Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana’s character, wore an imitation of the princess's iconic red dress with gold detailing and delicate straps. The dress was a near-perfect recreation of the original outfit. However, in the series, Corrin wore this outfit in one of the scenes depicting her 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand with Prince Charles. It was paired with a tiara and brooch.
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Princess Diana in an iridescent blue and silver gown
An outfit worn by Princess Diana that is quite memorable because of its design is this blue ruffles gown. It was worn during the famous Australian tour when she and Prince Charles visited the Wentworth Hotel in Sydney for a lavish gala dinner. The gown's ruffles and the belt cinched at the waist made quite a statement. The princess glowed in the Bruce Oldfield gown as she danced with Prince Charles.
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The blue and silver gown in The Crown
In episode six of The Crown, Corrin, too, donned a strikingly similar version of the original Bruce Oldfield gown with the silver belt. The gown recreated a time in history, which costume designer Amy Robert referred to and said, “The moment where she's in that blue and silver evening dress, she's dancing with Charles, it's supremely happy, romantic.”
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Princess Diana in a black sheep jumper
This Warm & Wonderful jumper, designed by Muir and Osborne, became famous after Princess Diana was photographed wearing it at Windsor Polo. Back then, many thought that the “black sheep” print indicated her outsider status in the Royal Family. This jumper became so dear to Princess Diana that she wanted to fix it after it snagged, instead of buying a new one.
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Muir & Osborne jumper in The Crown
The Crown imitated the look to a tee by having Emma Corrin wear an identical jumper from Muir & Osborne. During a night in at Buckingham Palace, the princess looked snug in the red sweater as she lounged and watched TV. The outfit also featured a white ruffle collar and black ribbon, creating a nearly perfect resemblance to Princess Diana’s original look.
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Princess Diana in yellow overalls
Princess Diana, who was nineteen years old when the picture was taken, wore this iconic yellow dungaree to a polo match held at Cowdray Park Polo Club in 1981. The dungaree was paired with a Liberty print shirt with a beautiful Peter Pan collar and pink espadrilles. She completed her look with golden hoops, a bracelet, and a printed shoulder bag.
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Yellow dungarees in The Crown
In the first episode, “Gold Stick,” of season four, Emma Corrin wore a pastel yellow dungaree at the Badminton Horse Trials, and it was quite identical to the one Diana had donned. She wore this when she met Prince Charles for the second time. She also put on a colorful cardigan, quite similar to the Liberty print blouse.
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Princess Diana in her taffeta wedding gown
Designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, the immaculate ivory taffeta gown worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day was handcrafted and adorned with 10,000 pearls. It was a stunner of a gown with a 153-yard tulle veil and 25-foot train that transcended through the decades and inspired many imitation pieces. However, none could match its excellence until the costume artists of The Crown tried their hand at it.
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Wedding gown in The Crown
The costume artists consulted Elizabeth and David Emanuel, the gown’s original designers, who gave them the taffeta gown’s patterns to create an identical piece. Although Corrin had to wear the dress only for a few moments in the series, the costume creators did full justice to the design and incorporated minute details like the puff sleeves and elaborate collar. To be honest, we haven’t seen a better representation of the dress than this! Fun fact: Ten people had to help Corrin to get into the massive wedding gown.
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Princess Diana in her blue engagement suit
The show stayed true to recreating this regal blue engagement suit that had many of us awestruck at first glance. Emma Corrin looked like the mirror image of the princess! In reality, the princess bought this suit from the luxurious Harrods department store located in London. The suit perfectly matched her Ceylon sapphire ring, which we think was a genius pairing.
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Bow collar and blue suit in The Crown
Emma Corrin wore a replica of this suit, and almost everything from the cut of the blue coat and the white blouse to the bow collar was a perfect recreation of the princess’s ensemble. In real life, the prince and the princess announced that they were getting engaged via a photocall, and The Crown got a portrait of Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor in the same pose.
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Princess Diana in a blue belted jacket and skirt
By the looks of it, it seems like Amy Roberts had a plan to make faultless recreations of all of Diana’s blue ensembles, including this serene blue outfit worn by the princess. It's a belted blue jacket, with a matching skirt, hat, and choker. The princess wore the outfit back in 1983 when she met Bob Hawke, the then Australian Prime Minister, and his wife.
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Belted blue ensemble in The Crown
In episode six, “Terra Nullius,” during the prince and princess’s famous Australian tour, Emma Corrin wore an almost exact copy of the outfit, including the belt with the detail of the bow, a similar choker, and the netted hat. This episode also showed fans how the princess attracted thousands of supporters in the foreign country.
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Princess Diana in a white flowy dress
We wouldn’t have expected the Princess of Wales to perform a dance number on stage. However, in 1985, she made an impromptu dance performance with Wayne Sleep at a VIP event at the Royal Opera House. The song they danced to was Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girls,” and it was meant as a surprise for Prince Charles. The princess looked stunning in a flowy white dress.
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Billowy white dress in The Crown
The Crown recreated this moment in episode nine. While we saw that the prince didn’t have the best things to say about the performance and thought of it as a debacle, fans totally loved Princess Diana’s dance and look in it. Emma Corrin wore a nearly apt recreation of the princess’s original dress during this impromptu dance piece.
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Princess Diana with a ruffle collar and ribbon bow shirt
By now, we are certain that Princess Diana had a thing for blouses and dresses with exquisite collars, and this outfit proves our point too. She was photographed in it while getting out of her apartment in London back in 1980. She had a white blouse on with a standing ruffle collar held together with a black ribbon that was tied into a tiny bow.
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Ruffle collar and ribbon bow shirt in The Crown
In many scenes of the show, Emma Corrin was seen wearing a white blouse with a standing ruffle collar and a ribbon that goes around it. There was one particular scene, specifically, where the ensemble was paired with a maroon jacket. Although this was not exactly like the one Princess Diana wore, it was still comparable and captured her style and essence. We love that the makeup enhanced the look, almost creating the princess's mirror image on screen.
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Princess Diana in a pink Alpaca jumper
The princess wore this jumper in 1981 at the Craigowan Lodge in the Balmoral estate. At the time, she was Prince Charles’s fiancee. The couple had an adorable photocall that fully captured the details on the jumper. It was dark pink and had two white alpacas and stripes in all kinds of colors.
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Alpaca jumper in The Crown
In episode two, titled “The Balmoral Test,” Emma Corrin was seen wearing a similar pink sweater with colored stripes and slightly taller alpacas. She also wore a white blouse underneath the sweater that mimicked the one the princess wore. In this episode, viewers got to watch her meet Prince Charles’s family for the first time and see her bid him farewell wearing the sweater.
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Princess Diana in a pink dotted dress and hat
Another stunning Australian tour look that Princess Diana pulled off with elegance in 1983 was a long dress with a matching hat. The dress was candy pink and had polka dots all over. It was designed by Donald Campbell, one of her favorite designers. We know that the princess often repeated her outfits, and she did the same with this garment that she wore again in Italy in 1985.
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Beaded pink dress with hat in The Crown
Emma Corrin in The Crown wore a pink dress with striking similarities to the princess’s original look. The dress she wore was fuchsia pink with a similar neckline and pattern. The structure of the hat was comparable to the original look. The only difference you may spot if you look closely is the use of beading to mimic the impact of the polka dots on the original dress.
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Princess Diana in a white beaded gown
Princess Diana wore an elegant beaded gown made by the English couturier Victor Edelstein in 1989 when she was in New York City for a gala dinner. She was at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see a performance of the Welsh National Opera, her royal patronage. The president emeritus of the academy, Karen Brooks Hopkins, told People magazine that "She was—in a word—perfection!".
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Cropped ivory jacket and dress in The Crown
In the show, the princess’s solo trip to New York became a big deal, as she garnered love from supporters in the city, despite stirring waters back in England. Emma Corrin wore a near-perfect recreation of the ivory dress. The embroidery, too, was copied to a tee. She also wore the gorgeous cropped jacket, an imitation of the 1980s bolero jacket that the princess donned.
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Princess Diana in a turquoise dress with a statement collar
When Princess Diana was photographed in Australia along with Prince Charles and their son, Prince William, it stirred a conversation worldwide about her fashionable looks. From flowy dresses with over-the-top patterns to maximalist detailing, Diana wore it all. One particular look that she wore in 1983 featured a turquoise dress with an eye-catching collar.
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Turquoise dress and collar in The Crown
The show recreated this look to a tee, nailing the dress down to details. It impressively showed off the slightly puffed sleeves and buttons gracing the front, just like Princess Diana’s original dress. Also, let’s not forget the details on the collar; it featured a pattern similar to the one the princess wore. We are blown away by the effort.
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Princess Diana in a white dress at Ayers Rock
The princess was photographed wearing a buttoned-up white dress when she made a stop on the way to Ayers Rock. Prince Charles had asked her to climb up the rock. However, she hesitated, not because she feared falling, but because, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, she knew that “coming down would expose her knees and coat to the world’s press.”
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White dress in The Crown
The show tried to recreate the couple’s time at the Ayers Rock and did a remarkable job when it came to costumes. Emma Corrin wore a white dress that was quite identical to Princess Diana’s original ensemble, and Josh O'Connor wore a beige outfit, giving us the chance to reimagine the couple in the fleeting moments of their life.
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Princess Diana in pink plaid
Many casual ensembles dominated the princess’s style in the ‘80s, and one of them included the casual plaid pants that she was photographed in back in the day. She wore it along with a pink cardigan when she was at Highgrove at her country home in 1986. If she could make capris look this sophisticated, she could do just about anything!
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Gingham pants in The Crown
Emma Corrin wore gingham pants inspired by Princess Diana’s plaid capris; however, unlike the princess who wore a cardigan, Corrin donned a hot pink pullover. In the scene, she skated through the enormous halls of Buckingham Palace wearing this garment. Although many wondered if the princess really skated in the palace, Amy Roberts, nevertheless, did a great job at creatively reimagining Princess Diana’s outfits in telltale scenarios.
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Princess Diana in a jet black look
In a tragic turn of events, in 1988, Major Hugh Lindsay, a close friend of Prince Charles, passed away in a ski accident after getting caught up in an avalanche. When his coffin was brought back, Princess Diana was photographed wearing a completely black ensemble, standing next to the prince, and Lindsay’s wife, Sarah Ferguson. This moment, too, was recreated in The Crown.
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The all-black outfit in The Crown
When the moment of Hugh Lindsay's passing was recreated in The Crown, it went by extremely quickly, cutting from one scene to the next. It’s possible for many to have missed this look. But keen observers and dedicated fans may recall how Roberts brilliantly captured the entire atmosphere of the event with her recreated costumes.
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Princess Diana in a tartan coat dress
Princess Diana had a few dresses and suits that she absolutely loved, and one of them was this tartan coat dress that became her signature look. She paired it with gorgeous gold hoops, a bracelet, and a glossy red clutch. She was spotted wearing it on her visit to Cullompton in Devon, and although it had contrasting colors, she carried it off beautifully.
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Tartan suit in The Crown
Many fans were awaiting this look, and Amy Roberts, like always, delivered! In one of the episodes, Emma Corrin wore a dress coat inspired by the original Catherine Walker tartan suit. While it differed in color, the structure of the coat was spot on, right from the striking collar to the six symmetrical buttons.
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Princess Diana in a yellow skirt suit and veiled hat
Princess Diana had a knack for turning simple outfits into royalty. The same went for this pastel yellow skirt suit by Catherine Walker that was paired with a pretty veiled hat, which she wore during her trip to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. It was styled with white shoes and a bag, creating a look that would make skirt suits fashionable for decades.
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Pale yellow skirt suit in The Crown
While Princess Diana’s superior fashion quotient has been difficult to compete with or recreate, Amy Roberts has done an excellent job, as we have seen so far, especially with this yellow skirt suit. Emma Corrin looked prim and proper in a similar-looking ensemble on her way to lunch with Camilla. It featured a pale yellow buttoned-up jacket with a matching skirt, a white bag, and shoes.
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Princess Diana in a blue dress with an elaborate collar
The ‘80s was a time of experimental fashion with over-the-top collars and bright colored dresses. Count on Princess Diana for trying them all and adding her own touch of grace and elegance. In 1983, on the Australia tour, Princess Diana was photographed wearing a bright sea blue dress with puffy sleeves and a white statement collar, which was definitely the highlight of the dress.
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Polka dotted dress on The Crown
The Crown captured the spirit of this dress perfectly with a near-identical imitation of the collar. The costume team may have toned down the bright color to make it look pleasing to the eye, but they stayed true to the polka dots. The show recreated the moment where the princess and the prince sat on a blanket and played with their oldest son, William.
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Princess Diana in a tartan outfit
This was one of Princess Diana’s semi-formal classics worn in her youth, and all we can say is that she knew how to rock a plaid outfit! This was a Caroline Charles garment that she put on while visiting the Braemar Highland Games held in Braemar, Scotland, in 1981. It featured a stand collar made with the same fabric as the coat and a belt that cinched at the waist.
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Tartan jacket dress in The Crown
Corrin was seen wearing a tartan jacket dress while learning about the norms of the royal household. Her look was clearly inspired by Princess Diana’s tartan jacket ensemble, given the pattern and the buttons running down the front. The costume team has done a fabulous job with the makeup and hair.