The iconic designer bags from royal style icon Princess Diana

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21 April 2020

While Meghan Markle is our current royal style icon of the British royalty, Princess Diana was our absolute royal style icon of the 90s. Diana was a trendsetter as she pushed the boundaries of royal protocol. For example, she was often seen in off-the-shoulder dresses, short dresses showing off her long legs and form-fitting dresses. And of course, her looks wouldn't be complete without a beautiful designer bag on her arm. It is therefore no surprise that two designer bags are named after the royal style icon. Take a look and shop the favourite designer bags of Princess Diana at Designer-Vintage.

Lady Dior

The first handbag is of course Christina Dior's iconic Lady Dior. When Diana visited Paris to attend the opening gala of the Cézanne exhibition, she was welcomed by First Lady Bernadette Chirac, who gave her the latest Dior handbag design as a diplomatic gift. When the same bag was available in stores in January 1996, it was sold out in no time. Not surprising given that the most loved (and photographed) woman of all time was constantly spotted with the bag on her arm. In honor of Lady Di, Dior decided to rename its iconic bag the "Lady Dior" handbag.

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Lana Marks

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 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. Apparently, she had many colors of this bag 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.

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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 with Prince Charles because the CC logo stood for 'Charles & Camilla'. As a result, she was no longer spotted with Chanel items.

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The iconic Tod's D-styling handbag was 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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