As the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's tragic, untimely death in 1997 draws closer, it may not come as a surprise to see a recent rise in media coverage of tributes, with new documentaries, series, and books all honouring the late princess. But the accolade that surprised us the most was Virgil Abloh becoming the first person in recent history to base an entire fashion collection on the late princess.
The Off-White designer has announced that the Princess of Wales is the muse behind his upcoming spring 2018 collection. Abloh shared an image on Instagram showing a mood board of the brand’s upcoming line, which featured nothing but photos of Lady Di in a plethora of outfits dating back to the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. The captions reads: “one woman, 40 Off-White looks in the works come September.”
The announcement has come as a shock to many fans and followers of Off-White, as Abloh is known for his streetwear, which is worn by the likes of Bella and Gigi Hadid, and for his creative direction and work with Kanye West and Jay-Z; the British monarchy doesn’t seem like an obvious choice for the Chicago-born designer to tap in to for inspiration.
A closer look at the post reveals that different areas of the mood board are dedicated to specific elements of Diana’s iconic style, with sections labelled: Charity, Mom, Being a Princess, Night, Young Diana, Countryside Girl, Casual, and Jogging. We’re officially expecting big shoulders, bomber jackets, power suits and LBDs.