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05.04.19

Kiki Layne’s Homage to An Icon

Lady Diana in Catherine Walker and Kiki Layne in Georges Chakra Couture

Lady Diana is still remembered as an icon of style and sophistication, but she was still the ‘People’s Princess’ who often shook up the stuffiness of British aristocracy.

Ingrid noticed similarities between the Catherine Walker gown Lady Diana wore during Cannes Film Festival in 1987, and Kiki Layne’s gown worn to the 2019 NAACP Image Awards.

Diana’s Catherine Walker gown was a homage to a dress worn by Grace Kelly in ‘To Catch A Thief’, and Charlotte Casirighi has also worn a similar dress dedicated to her grandmother.

You could say it’s a copy, that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but fashion does have this cycle that that repeats on itself constantly.

You only have to go to a designers showroom to see many iconic figures on the storyboards that inspire them for their next collection.

Virgil Alboh paid tribute to Lady Diana when presenting his Spring 2018 collection for Off-White, where he was inspired by everything from her iconic “revenge dress” to her splotch pattern dress worn to a polo match.  

Chris also pointed out that Elie Saab presented a similar gown for his Spring 2014 Haute Couture collection.

Diet Prada has created a huge platform for pointing out strikingly similar designs  on Instagram.

So what you think of this fashion merry-go-round?

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