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The Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio will show the award-winning exhibition commemorating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales this coming February. Diana, A Celebration showcases 150 objects, including her royal wedding gown, 28 designer gowns, and personal possessions. Letters and film footage from Diana’s childhood and her adult life, paintings from the Althorp estate, and jewels from the Spencer family collection will also be on display. The critically acclaimed collection is on loan from the Althorp Estate, the Spencer family’s 500-year-old ancestral home. One gallery is devoted to Diana’s charity advocacy.


Among the highlights of the exhibition is Diana’s wedding gown, designed in 1981 by Elizabeth and David Emmanuel, including diamond tiara, veil and 25 foot train, shoes and parasol, 28 dresses, suits and gowns designed by personal friend Gianni Versace, Valentino, Chanel, and Azagury, among others. Home movies, childhood toys, personal letters and family photographs are also included.


For those with short memories, Diana’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997, was broadcast to more than 60 countries and had an estimated 2.5 billion viewers. Her image was on the cover of People Magazine 52 times, Time and Newsweek 7 times each—and all of these issues sold out. In June of 1997, at the suggestion of Prince William, the Princess gave 79 dresses to be auctioned off in New York, raising more than $7 million dollars for cancer and AIDS charities.


Diana, A Celebration has left Althorp five times, having traveled to Japan, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Saint Petersburg, Florida and Houston, Texas.

Diana, A Celebration

February 18- June 11, 2006

The Dayton Art Institute

Dayton , Ohio


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