“The clothes were obviously such a key factor in the film—there were so many close-ups of them, the racks,” Moran said. “I liked that they made the fashion a focal point. I did think it was interesting and surprising that they used a lot of Chanel because obviously Princess Diana really stayed off Chanel for a lot of her life until the late 1990s because the emblem reminded her of Charles and Camilla. That just felt quite inaccurate to me because she really was like, oh god, I can’t even look at that emblem.”
According to sources, Diana really steered clear of the brand until she had some distance from her divorce because it was such a flagrant reminder of their relationship. Durran said in an interview with Vogue that she was aware that Diana mostly wore Chanel post-divorce, but they made the choice to include it anyway. “When I had the fitting [for the Christmas dinner gown] with Kristen and Pablo in London, she put it on and it was just so great, the perfect look for an extremely glamorous princess. We hadn’t even planned to use it for such a large chunk of the movie, but it was just too good to pass up.”
If there’s anything we know about the film, liberties—with the fashion, with the timeline, with the narrative—were taken. Still, always fascinating to know the back story.
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