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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Princess Di's dresses still delight



Princessdi2 When it comes to historic fashions, I have a weakness for all things related to the wardrobes of Jackie O and Diana, Princess of Wales. If their clothes are on display, I'm there.

Last weekend, I was shopping at Old Hyde Park Village when I noticed a sign over the storefront of a departed furniture store. It said something about Princess Diana's dresses, so of course I had to be nosy and check it out.

Inside, I found items from the personal collections of a local businesswoman and the princess' fave designer, which now make up the Dresses for Humanity II exhibit. Some I had seen before (I told you, I'm a sucker for these things.) Others had never been on public display. All were fab.

The tour is set to stay in Tampa until at least May. Check out my story for the rest of the details. And here's an insider tip if you go: Spend at least $50 in Hyde Park Village, and get half off the $20 adult admission fee. It's a good excuse to stock up at Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and Anthropologie!

~ Deal Diva Colleen

(Photo: Three women spent three weeks to hand sew the sequins and pearls onto this dress, which Princess Di wore to a fundraising gala in Washington, D.C., in September 1996 to deliver her first speech after divorcing her stuffy husband. Talk about making a statement. Photographer Kainaz Amaria and I both got a little teary-eyed at the exhibit. And we're not ashamed to admit it.)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:13pm]


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