Would you dare to reinvent a fashion icon’s wardrobe? Spencer costume designer Jacqueline Durran was tasked with representing Princess Diana’s style in the new film starring Kristen Stewart, but not recreating anything precisely (a la The Crown). For a celebrity whose looks are so legendary they require little description—the wedding gown, the revenge dress, the black sheep sweater—obscuring her outfits so that they are a dreamlike version of themselves is no small feat, even for a costume designer who has two Oscars under her belt.
“Before our first meeting, I went through hundreds and hundreds of photos of Diana’s outfits from 1988 to 1992, when the film takes place. The hype is not overblown by the way, she really was chic. I began to identify what she gravitated to the most, like bright colors, contrasting lapels, and asymmetry. Then I began to rebuild based on those motifs,”