Before Elvis, there was nothing. That one phrase sums up his impact on the world of modern music and if one dress can sum up the impact of Diana, Princess of Wales on fashion and style, it's the Elvis. You don't need to see a photo of the dress to know just what it looks like. The high collar, the beading, the sparkle, the glamour. Think of Diana's dresses and chances are, you'll think of this one. Here's the Elvis.
There really couldn't be an exhibition of Diana's Dresses without this one. Designed by Catherine Walker and first seen in 1989, this is truly evocative of the princess. The neckline was apparently inspired by Elizabethan ruffs but it is 100% modern in its look. When it was worn on an official visit to Hong Kong, it caused a sensation.