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Friday 22 September 2017

Thousands still entranced by Diana's grace, beauty ... and gowns

Alan O’Connor and daughter Isabelle at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons for the Diana exhibition
Alan O’Connor and daughter Isabelle at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons for the Diana exhibition

Laura Lynott

In just over one month the Princess Diana exhibition at Newbridge has captured the imaginations of thousands and defied the generation gap.

Some 9,000 visitors have attended the event at the Museum of Style Icons since its opening at the end of July.

They range from primary school age to old age, but almost all have one thing in common: they hold the image of the princess, a very British royal, close to their hearts.

A display of the most beautiful gowns tracing Diana's fairytale romance, from delightful beginning to bitterly sad ending, have transported visitors right into the centre of her world.

Some visited to get a closer look at the style icon's beautiful dresses and hope they'd gain some insight into just who the princess was.

"Diana wore that dress when she found out Charles was cheating on her," said Mary Savage, from Rathgar, Dublin. "I still remember her wearing that dress and she was powerful in it as well as beautiful. She was so hurt but remained so graceful."

In 1994, the princess attended a 'Vanity Fair' party at London's Serpentine Gallery, shortly after Prince Charles' confession of adultery. For many, the dress has become symbolic of a woman scorned despite her grace and beauty.

Alan O'Connor, from Leopardstown, went on a special day out with daughter Isabelle (18) before she starts a make-up course.

"My mum loved her and I love her too. She was more glamorous than anyone I can think of," said Isabelle.

Irish Independent

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