Diana, Princess of Wales was a member of England’s royal family, a style icon and a beloved advocate for international children’s charities. Her life and work is celebrated in a 7,500-square-foot exhibit that will travel from Althorp Estate in England, where the princess grew up, to the Frazier History Museum in September.
“The Frazier has always been seen as an arms museum, and that’s what we were in the beginning, but now we’re leaning more toward being an arts and culture institution, sticking with our arms roots,” says museum spokesperson Ashley Schaffner. “'Diana, a Celebration' we think will do that beautifully.”
The exhibit includes Diana’s tiaras and jewelry, as well as the original text of the Earl Spencer’s eulogy for the princess delivered at her funeral in Westminster Abbey. Fashion galleries will 28 designer gowns worn by the princess, including her royal wedding gown.
“(Diana) was a kindergarten teacher, the ravishing royal bride, she was a mother, a sister, a daughter, a charity advocate, a spokeswoman for all different types of charities. She did a lot of good work that gets overshadowed by her being a princess sometimes,” says Schaffner.
Advance tickets are discounted for museum members and are available on the Frazier’s website and at the museum. Full-price advance tickets will go on sale to the public on August 1. Tickets will have a designated time for visiting the exhibit, so advance purchases are encouraged.
The exhibit opens September 15 and runs through January.