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16 Looks From The Crown Inspired By Princess Diana’s Best Fashion Moments

Fans of Princess Diana's fashion have been awaiting the new season of The Crown, which sees Emma Corrin take on the role of Lady Diana Spencer. And for a good reason! From the people's princess' wedding dress (and engagement ring) to the sky blue chiffon dress she wore to the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, some of Diana's best looks were the inspiration for The Crown Season 4 costumes.

When preparing for the new season of the Netflix show, costume designer Amy Roberts and assistant costume designer/head buyer Sidonie Roberts studied photographs of the royal family before sourcing and buying fabrics for the costumes that were made from scratch. While the color palette they chose for Corrin's character was in keeping with the actual looks the Princess of Wales appeared in, the duo leaned toward shades that other royals did not wear, like red, to "further emphasize the narrative of 'her' vs 'them,'" according to press materials. This resulted in some bold evening looks, as well as Princess Diana's signature casual styles, like graphic sweaters and statement collars.

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Ahead, see costumes from The Crown, on Netflix November 15, inspired by Princess Diana's best fashion moments.

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See-Through Skirt On The Crown


In the show, after Corrin's character's relationship with the Prince goes public, she is met by the paparazzi outside of her house while wearing this casual look.
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Photo: Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In A Sheer Skirt


In 1980, just after her relationship with Prince Charles was revealed, Diana was photographed in a see-through skirt while at The Young England Kindergarten. The Crown replicated the look down to the sheer material of the flowy skirt style.
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Ruffled Shirt & Sweater In The Crown


While picking out her engagement ring, Corrin's Diana wears a sleeveless vest over a shirt with a ruffled collar and sleeves.
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Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In A Ruffled Shirt And Sweater


Before Lady Diana Spencer became Diana, Princess of Wales, she was already one to watch in fashion, opting for whimsical sweaters and standout collars as early as 1980, when this photo was taken.
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Pussybow Blouse On The Crown


While posing for photographers in The Crown, Josh O'Connor and Emma Corrin recreated Prince Charles and Diana's engagement photo down to the pose.
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Photo: Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In A Pussybow Blouse


When announcing her engagement to Prince Charles (and debuting the ring!) in 1981, Diana wore a pussybow blouse — a style most recently worn by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris while giving her acceptance speech — with a blue skirt suit.
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Yellow Overalls On The Crown


The first time O'Connor sees Corrin (not in A Midsummer Night’s Dream costume), she wears a floral cardigan over a pair of dungarees while at a horse event.
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Photo: Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In Yellow Overalls


A favorite of many for its playfulness, these yellow overalls, worn over a delightful floral blouse with a Peter Pan collar, were worn by Princess Diana in 1981 to a polo match.
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Wedding Dress In The Crown


The most exciting fashion moment of Season 4 saw Princess Diana's wedding dress come to life.
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Princess Diana's Wedding Dress


For her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles, Diana wore a dramatic taffeta-silk gown. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, the dress featured poofy sleeves, elaborate embroidery and lace, 10,000 pearls, and a 25-foot-long train.
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Tartan Jacket In The Crown


While learning about the rules and etiquette of the royal household, Corrin's character wears this plaid look.
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Photo: David Levenson/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In A Tartan Jacket

In 1981, the newly married Princess of Wales wore a tartan ensemble with a stand collar and buttons running all the way down the front designed by Caroline Charles on a visit to Scotland.

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Red Dress On The Crown


Corrin's character wears this dress for one of the scenes depicting Charles and Diana's Australian tour.
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Princess Diana In A Red Dress

Another crowd favorite, this red dress, featuring gold detailing and delicate straps, was designed by Bellville Sassoon and appeared on Princess Di while she was visiting the London Royal Opera House in 1982.
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Green Dress With A Statement Collar On The Crown


For her first "date" with O'Connor's character, Corrin wears this dress.
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Photo: Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In A Green Dress With A Statement Collar

While on a six-week tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1983, Princess Diana wore a flowy green polka dot dress with an oversized collar, a trend that has made a comeback yet again this year.
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Yellow Skirt Suit In The Crown


For that cringe-y lunch scene between Diana and Camilla, Corrin was dressed in this ladylike skirt suit.
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Photo: John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In A Yellow Skirt Suit


For the Australia tour in real life, the royal wore a skirt suit in a can't-miss shade of yellow.
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Blue Ruffled Dress In The Crown


On both the show and in real life, Charles and Diana danced at a charity ball in Sydney. 
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Photo: Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In A Blue Ruffled Dress


The ruffled baby blue gown was designed in real life by Bruce Oldfield.
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Pink Gingham Pants & Sweater In The Crown


While alone at the palace prior to the wedding, Corrin's Diana dons this casual look while rollerskating indoors.
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Photo: Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In Pink Gingham Pants & Sweater

For one of her casual looks in 1986, the Princess of Wales wore a sweater and gingham pants in pink, one of her go-to colors, while outside her Highgrove home.
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Strapless Gown With A Matching Scarf In The Crown


While attending a performance put on by the Royal Opera House in episode 9, Corrin's character wears a strapless purple gown with a scarf.
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Photo: Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In A Strapless Gown With A Matching Scarf


Diana made a memorable appearance at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival in a pale blue silk chiffon strapless dress with a matching scarf designed by Catherine Walker.
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One-Shoulder Gown In The Crown


For another public appearance on the show, Corrin's character is dressed in a one-shoulder gown.
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Photo: Jayne Fincher/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In A One-Shoulder Gown

Princess Diana wore another Catherine Walker evening gown — this time in a floral pattern and a single long sleeve — to a dinner hosted by the British Ambassador in Paris in 1988.
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Beaded Gown And Bolero In The Crown


Corrin's character wears a sparkling gown while visiting New York near the end of the season.
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Photo: Georges De Keerle/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In A Beaded Gown And Bolero


In 1988, while attending a banquet in Paris, the princess wore a shimmering beaded dress and bolero designed by Victor Edelstein. The English designer was also the couturier behind Diana's velvet dress that she famously wore while dancing with John Travolta at the White House.
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Red Skirt Suit In The Crown


Corrin wears this red skirt suit on the way to that Crown Christmas finale.
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Photo: Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images.

Princess Diana In A Red Skirt Suit


In 1991, Diana wore a red suit made of a monochrome blazer and a striped skirt. This was flipped in The Crown when Corrin appeared in a printed blazer and a monochrome skirt instead.
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Belted Blue Skirt Suit, Pearls & Hat In The Crown


The last Australia tour fashion look saw Corrin's character wearing a blue skirt suit.
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Photo: Princess Diana Archive/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Princess Diana In A Belted Blue Skirt Suit, Pearls & Hat

While The Crown's version features a flowy midi skirt version of a blue skirt suit, in 1995, Princess Diana opted for a more modern version of the belted look, with a mini pencil skirt, statement pearls, and a pillbox hat.
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