Monday 23 October 2017

Princess Diana's favourite handbag designer reveals how she used her clutch to prevent unflattering pictures

Princess Diana using her clutch to protect her modesty
Princess Diana using her clutch to protect her modesty
Princess Diana using her clutch to protect her modesty
Princess Diana using her clutch to protect her modesty
British fashion accessories' designer Anya Hindmarch, Accessories' Designer of the Year, poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival to attend the British Fashion Awards 2014 in London on December 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Ronald McDonald House Evelina London to open their 'home away from home' accommodation for the families of children treated at Evelina London Children's Hospital.
Fashion designer Anya Hindmarch poses with the MBE she received earlier from Queen Elizabeth II during investitures at Buckingham Palace on June 2, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Lewis Whyld - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) arriving at the Serpentine Gallery, London, in a gown by Christina Stambolian, June 1994. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

It's no secret Princess Diana was a master in front of the camera.

For most of her life, the late Princess of Wales was the most photographed women in the world and the increasingly persistent tabloids were always on the lookout for an unflattering angle.

Princess Diana using her clutch to protect her modesty
Princess Diana using her clutch to protect her modesty

Enter Anya Hindmarch.

The legendary designer, who, like many other designers, has enjoyed a lucrative career thanks to her royal association, revealed Diana used to refer to her clutches as "cleavage bags" in a clever move to prevent any harsh pictures, especially when getting out of a car.

Fashion designer Anya Hindmarch poses with the MBE she received earlier from Queen Elizabeth II during investitures at Buckingham Palace on June 2, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Lewis Whyld - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Fashion designer Anya Hindmarch poses with the MBE she received earlier from Queen Elizabeth II during investitures at Buckingham Palace on June 2, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Lewis Whyld - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Hindmarch's 2012 interview with The Telegraph recently resurfaced in which she praises Diana's zest for life and passion for fashion.

"'she would pop into our first shop on Walton Street, without any bodyguards, and she was very lovely, very low key. She always used to refer to [the Anya clutch] as her "cleavage bag", because she would use it when she got out of the car to protect her modesty," she said.

As a royal, handbags are more functional than the average fashion accessory - Kate Middleton is said to use her clutch as a means to avoid shaking anyone's hand she is not comfortable with, a move she reportedly picked up from Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

"When the Duchess is at an event, she holds her bag in front of her in both hands when shaking hands might be awkward," etiquette expert Myka Meier told Good Housekeeping earlier this year.

"Or she can place it in one hand to have the other free. It never gets tucked under an arm or placed on the ground or table. If there's not a stool available, slip it between your back and the back of the chair."

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Ronald McDonald House Evelina London to open their 'home away from home' accommodation for the families of children treated at Evelina London Children's Hospital.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Ronald McDonald House Evelina London to open their 'home away from home' accommodation for the families of children treated at Evelina London Children's Hospital.

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