The crown Season 5 is officially out, and with the new season, we’ve entered a whole new decade as the series explores the early 90s and some of the most televised moments in British Royal Family history.
This new season depicts many memorable events, such as the fire at Windsor Castle in 1992, but the collapse of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage is the focus of season 5, much like in real life at the time.
Along with many other new cast members, Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki have taken over the roles of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, during the most defining period of their respective lives.
As mentioned above, The crown Season 5 dives into the moment Prince Charles and Princess Diana decide to divorce and the fallout it caused with the royal family.
With the end of the wedding comes one of Princess Diana’s most iconic moments from 1994, when she wore the “revenge dress,” which essentially publicly called out Charles’ infidelity. The dress is on full display in The crown Season 5 episode “The Way Forward”.
In case you didn’t know, Diana wore the Christina Stambolian-designed black evening gown — which she reportedly bought three years earlier but found too “daring” — to a Vanity Fair fundraising dinner in the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. While she initially declined the invitation, she ended up accepting it shortly before the event.
The dinner notably fell on the same evening of a documentary about Prince Charles that aired on television, where he admitted to being unfaithful to Diana after their marriage broke down “irretrievably”.
The “vengeance dress” remains a significant moment in Princess Diana’s history, with many still praising her for reclaiming her story. Three years after wearing the dress, Princess Diana actually auctioned it off for $65,000, with the money benefiting cancer and AIDS charities.
Given that this Princess Diana look has so much history and significance, it’s no surprise that a lot of work has gone into recreating it for The crown Season 5.
“The revenge dress was a squeeze,” Elizabeth Debicki told British Vogue in an interview earlier this month. She said that after booking the role, one of the first things her friends wanted to know was if she could wear the iconic black evening dress.
As with most costumes on The crownthere was a “long” fitting process to ensure Christina Stambolian’s “intricate” off-the-shoulder ensemble was recreated perfectly.
During her costume fittings for the dress, Elizabeth said she often took time to reflect and reflect on how the real Princess Diana felt at that time and time.
“I let the fittings happen around me while I thought about what the dress meant. Why this dress? She’s had it for two or three years. It was super risque back then.”
Elizabeth went on to say, “She was clamoring for the space. The way she got out of that car, the brightness, the strength of her when the car door opened, she was so fast and so forward . It’s an amazing thing to watch.”
“Deciding what you say about yourself through fashion…that was a currency. An incredibly powerful currency.
While the scene in The crown Season 5 doesn’t last very long, it still has a lasting impact, so much so that since the end of the new season, there have been many new discussions about why the princess’ “revenge dress” Diana remains one of the most talked about moments in royal family history.
Honestly, I loved seeing this Princess Diana look come to life on screen in The crownand Elizabeth Debicki’s portrayal of Diana is already award-winning.
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