Snowdon / Vogue 1981 © Condé Nast Publications Ltd
Diana, Princess of Wales
by Lord Snowdon Click on the links below to find out more
cibachrome print, 1981
20 in. x 16 in. (508 mm x 406 mm)
Given by Vogue on behalf of Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, 1982
- Lord Snowdon (1930-2017), Photographer; former husband of Princess Margaret. Artist of 276 portraits, Sitter in 17 portraits.
The publication of this portrait in Vogue magazine in February 1981 coincided with the official announcement of the engagement of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Commissioned by Vogue as part of a 'Portrait Portfolio' of young aristocratic women by the photographer Lord Snowdon, it was used by several magazines and newspapers when the engagement was announced. Lady Diana wears a chiffon blouse by Emanuel, the designers who went on to create her wedding dress.
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