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Princess Diana's 'rebellious' fashion

Princess Diana’s designer Jacques Azagury recalls her personal style.

Jacques Azagury met the late princess in 1987 and started designing clothes for her soon afterwards. But the duo had to fight against the royal family so Diana could wear one of her favourite colours.

“She wasn’t allowed to wear black except for a funeral, so wearing it was a form of rebellion against royal protocol,” Jacques explained to British magazine Grazia. “She loved the colour and looked great in it. When the divorce came through, I dressed her in three black dresses.”

Jacques played a key part in transforming Diana’s style from when she first starting dating Britain's Prince Charles to how she looked in the years leading up to her death. Expanding her options beyond British designers and keeping her lines simple were the two main factors in her style evolution.

“When she first appeared on the scene, Diana had a very English look... I wanted to take her away from that. She started looking to the international fashion markets,” Jacques recalled. “Diana came into her own when she got into minimalist dresses, she moved on from the frills of her early style – I wanted to keep things streamlined.”

Jacques worked with Diana until two weeks before her tragic death in 1997. The designer was asked to create replica outfits for the recent film about the princess, Diana, which starred Naomi Watts in the lead role. It was a job that Jacques thought would be too difficult, but turned out to be a good experience.

“I thought going back to the dresses would be emotional, but it wasn’t,” he said. “I was quite happy to revisit it – it was joyful and I think the clothes feel contemporary.”

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