The iconic designer bags from royal style icon Princess Diana

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21 April 2020

The influence of Princess Diana, our royal style icon of the 90s, is still visible in the current fashion scene. Diana was a trendsetter for pushing the boundaries of royal protocol. For example, she was often seen in off-the-shoulder dresses, short dresses showing off her miles-long legs and form-fitting dresses. Also, her looks were not complete without a beautiful designer bag on her arm. It is therefore not surprising that no fewer than two bags are named after her.


Lana Marks

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Lana Marks met Princess Diana in a big Washington department store. Diana apparently glanced at Lana's bags and immediately fell in love with them. She immediately commissioned Lana Marks to design a bag for her. The Lana Marks 'Princess Diana bag', with it's stylish top handle, is now an icon itself. She would have had this bag in many colours in her collection. The two formed a bond and Lana recently revealed that the princess would be on a holiday with her on August 21, 1997, 10 days before Diana died.

Chanel

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As the most famous Parisian fashion house, Chanel was one of the first foreign labels Diana could wear. Thanks to the royal protocol - which normally required her to carry bags and clothing from British designers - the Princess of Wales was allowed to wear Chanel in tribute to her hosts while visiting France. According to designer Jayson Brundson, Diana refused to wear Chanel after her divorce because the CC logo stood for “Charles & Camilla”. As a result, she was no longer spotted with Chanel items.

 

Lady Dior

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The Lady Dior bag was born in 1995, who almost immediately wrote herself in fashion history. When Diana visited Paris to attend the opening gala of the Cézanne exhibition, she was first welcomed into the city by First Lady Bernadette Chirac who gave her the bag. When the same bag went on sale in January 1996, it sold out in a few moments. From then on, the House of Dior "baptized" the bag with its official name: Lady Dior, in honour of her title (before marriage) as Lady Diana Spencer.
 

Tods
 

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The iconic Tod's D-styling handbag is last seen on Diana in May 1997. Prince William and Harry's mother was spotted wearing a brown version of the shoulder bag, which she fashioned with a casual pastel pink and blue rugby jersey, white jeans and pastel blue loafers. A lovely casual outfit, which Diana was known for and loved by. In 2019, Tod's remade the well-known bag, with some minor tweaks but still as practical as the '90s version.

 

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