Princess Diana's 'Revenge Dress' Was the Best Way to Get Even With Prince Charles

princess dianaOne of Princess Diana's most epic style moments was when she stepped out in the now-famous tight, black off-the-shoulder dress by Christina Stambolian. The one she paired with sheer, black tights, pumps, and a pearl and jewel choker. She stunned in it. Looking back, the outfit is quintessential '80s, but there's no denying -- that dress fit Diana like a glove. And there's a reason for that. As it turns out, Princess Diana's LBD was actually a "revenge dress" on Prince Charles after their split.

Well-played, Lady Di. Well-played indeed.

Diana wore the dress in 1994 to a Vanity Fair party at the Serpentine Gallery. The event wasn't long after Charles admitted to cheating on Diana during a two-and-a-half-hour TV interview. When Princess Diana stepped out in the dress, which, apparently, had been in her closet for quite some time, it was almost impossible to feel sorry for her. It, quite literally, was show-stopping. And it was a slight -- sexy -- deviation from the more modest clothes we were used to seeing her in. As Hal Rubenstein, InStyle's fashion director, said: "Diana had bought this dress while she was still Princess of Wales, and she felt it was too sexy. But after her separation from Prince Charles, and after the fairytale crashed ... Well, out came the dress and the highest shoes she could find. And who wound up on the front page the next day? It was Diana, rocking out."

An awesome fashion moment if there ever was one. Poor Princess Diana must have been staring longingly at that gorgeous black dress in her closet for god knows how long. She had to have been desperate to wear it after trying it on and seeing that it looked like that on her. But she debuted it at the perfect time. When you see a woman looking this good, you don't focus on her sorrows. The only thing that comes to mind is: Wow.

Diana certainly isn't the first scorned woman to get even by looking good -- and she obviously won't be the last. But we are hard-pressed to find a better "revenge" dress than this. Ladies, take a page from this book. Diana did it right

Do you love Princess Diana's little black dress?


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nonmember avatar Jennifer

"[T]he outfit is quintessential '80s?" No, it isn't. She wore in in 1994 and it looks like the height of 1990s fashion.

fleur... fleurdelys3110


I was thinking the same exact thing!

Trina_ Trina_

Diana was a true style icon who made anything look good..

Michelle Liddell

WOW HRH Diana, Pricess of Wales and Hearts. Never understood trading in a Princess for a mastiff

Lisa Michele Haderman

I Agree Michelle Liddell Charles was & is a jerk & he married a real troll/dog

Kathy Warner

looking good is the best revenge



When did Nicole become British?Tights?They were black sheer hose, unless you really are from the UK.

Bellum Bellum

I think the dress looks modern, not 80's at all.  It is a precursor to all these Herve Leger dresses, but much classier. I remember this well!

Lesa Updegrove Parnham

90's and she could still wear it today. Diana was/and still is a fashion icon along the lines of Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. I suspect her daughter-in-law won't be far behind. Rest in Peace, Diana, the Peopls Princess,

Linda End Bsl Anderson

Diana was gorgeous.  Camilla is and was dowdy and unattractive, but I really don't see what either woman ever saw in homely Charles.  He is a jerk and Camilla is not much better.  Diana loved Charles and he betrayed her.  If I had been one of her children, I would never have talked to Camilla or even acknowledged her existence after what she did.

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