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An Ode to Princess Diana’s Campy Sweaters and Cardigans

Princess Diana one proudly proclaimed: “I’m a free spirit,” and it’s a motto she wore right on her sleeves. We take a look back at her best sweaters, and how they’re represented on screen in The Crown….

Princess Diana wearing 'Black sheep' sweater by Warm and Wonderful to a polo match in 1980.

Princess Diana wearing ‘Black sheep’ sweater by Warm and Wonderful to a polo match in 1980.Photo: Getty Images

“I loved the jumpers from her early years,” Emma Corrin, the actor who plays Princess Diana, told Vogue. The Crown’s wardrobe department sourced them from all over: vintage shops, costume hire houses, and antique fairs. They also sourced 1980s-era fabrics from design house archives for their own recreations. Award-winning custom designer Amy Roberts explained to Vogue that in her studio, there’s a huge wall hung with old photographs of the royals—Roberts also finds inspiration in film, magazines, and fashion campaigns, but the pictorial journey is a great starting point.

Lady Diana outside her London flat in November 1980.nbsp

Lady Diana outside her London flat in November 1980. Photo: Getty Images

While not every sweater Corrin wears is a real-life replica, The Crown does reprise some of her greatest knit-hits. The llama jumper does, in fact, make an appearance, much to the delight of the actor, who names it as one of her favorite costumes from this season. (“I’m obsessed with the llama,” Corrin says.) The sheep, too, make a split-second cameo on-screen. Other scenes capture her real-life wardrobe’s essence: during her courtship with Charles, paparazzi often captured Diana walking out of her apartment in a v-neck sweater. When a season four episode shows Corrin’s Diana struggling with the press, she wears a similar fashion.

A paparazzi photo of sweaterclad Diana from 1980.

A paparazzi photo of sweater-clad Diana from 1980.Photo: Getty Images

Diana’s royal style was no means monolithic. (“She was ‘Shy Di,’ then ‘Dynasty Di’ in the ’80s, and her image as the powerful, sleek philanthropist in the ’90s is endlessly documented,” Vogue’s Sarah Mower wrote of her fashion evolution.) But her penchant for chunky, campy knits and pullovers stuck with her throughout it all. As the late Princess one proudly proclaimed, “I’m a free spirit.” It’s a motto she wore right on her sleeves.

Feeling inspired? Shop Vogue’s favorite Diana-style sweaters, below

Frances Valentine flower cardi coat

$398

FRANCES VALENTINE

Rowing Blazers x Warm & Wonderful women’s sheep sweater

$295

ROWING BLAZERS

Uniqlo cashmere V-neck sweater

$90$60

UNIQLO

Hayley Menzies Gladys intarsia cardigan

$435

HAYLEY MENZIES

Naadam cashmere Fair Isle cardigan

$185

NAADAM

Ganni intarsia-knitted sweater

$475$285

MATCHESFASHON.COM

J.Crew featherweight cashmere cardigan

$138

J.CREW

Miu Miu embellished landscape intarsia sweater

$1,810

FARFETCH

Madeleine Thompson Pfeiffer intarsia cashmere cardigan

$463

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