British royal fashion comes to Long Beach
It’s been a big summer for the British royals, what with the recent Diamond Jubilee celebration. Angelenos wishing for a bit of titled glory can skip British Airways’ 12-hour London flight and drive to Long Beach for the exhibit “Diana: Legacy of a Princess.”
Fittingly held aboard the docked Queen Mary vessel-cum-event space, the sprawling show includes more than 2,000 objects from the late Diana, Princess of Wales, as well others including her glamour analogue of today, Kate Middleton.
We learned a lot walking around the ship, like how Diana supported English designers such as the late Murray Arbeid, whose red taffeta-skirted gown is featured. (Diana cleverly wore it with one red and one black glove.)
We saw Kate Middleton’s blue Issa engagement dress, as well as the elegant young woman’s most embarrassing “glamour don’t”: a see-through dress she wore in a charity fashion show that cost 30 pounds sterling to create and sold at auction last year for 78,000 pounds.
Adult admission to the exhibit costs $35, but it’s for a good cause: A portion of proceeds goes to breast cancer research center City of Hope. In a way, Diana continues her charity work today.
The Queen Mary, 126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach; 877-342-0738 or queenmary.com