From her first public appearance in 1981, Diana, Princess of Wales, captivated the world's attention as a princess, as a trendsetter and as a patron and advocate of charities. Now, 20 years on from her death, a new exhibition celebrating her life is opening at Kensington Palace, her home for over 15 years.

Diana: Her Fashion Story
A dress designed by Gianni Versace, and worn by Britain's Diana, Princess of Wales, at her Harper's Bazaar photo shoot, is pictured during a press preview of the forthcoming exhibition entitled 'Diana: Her Fashion Story', at Kensington Palace, London Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty Images
Diana: Her Fashion Story
Versace ice blue silk gown with beading. Diana wore this for a Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot with Patrick Demarchelier in 1991 Richard Lea Hair/Historic Royal Palaces

'Diana: Her Fashion Story' traces the evolution of the Princess's style from being a young debutante in 1979, to a Vanity Fair photo shoot with fashion photographer Mario Testino in 1997. The exhibition explores and celebrates how Diana navigated her unique position in the public eye: learning to use her image to engage and inspire people, and to champion the causes she cared about. 'Diana: Her Fashion Story' opens on 24 February 2017 and will run throughout 2017:

Princess Diana
Princess Diana wore Catherine Walker for a gala at the Vienna Burgh Theatre during a visit to Austria in 1986. Tim Graham/Getty
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Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a dress by Catherine Walker, arrives at Christie's auction house in New York, 23 June, 1997 Reuters
Diana: Her Fashion Story
A member of staff poses with a dress designed by Catherine Walker, which Princess Diana wore to a Christies Auction Gala in New York in1997 during a preview for the forthcoming 'Diana: Her Fashion Story' exhibition at Kensington Palace Carl Court/Getty Images