Bringing an icon back to life on the big screen is no easy feat, but Jacques Azagury was up for the challenge. Having created some of the Princess Diana’s most famous red carpet looks, the London-based designer and stylist tackled the task of dressing Naomi Watts for the film adaptation of his former royal client’s life. Glam’s got your sneak peek of the designs you’ll see in the film, featuring a combination of exact replicas of the princess’ ensembles and original outfits inspired by her singular style. Which is your favorite?
The beaded blue bugle dress
Diana’s famous knee-length icy-blue beaded dress with bow detailing on the straps, designed by Azagury, was re-created for the film, accessorized with a pearl-encrusted collar and neutral pumps, in just the way the princess originally styled it. It’s interesting, though, that although the two dazzling necklaces appear similar, the one used in the movie is actually a replica of another of Diana’s jewelry pieces—the seven-strand pearl choker featuring a diamond-encrusted sapphire, originally a brooch given to her by Queen Elizabeth as a wedding gift. Her sparkling sheath, with its stylish square neckline, made its public appearance in June 1997, when the princess wore it to the opening of Swan Lake at Royal Albert Hall in London. For the film, Watts wears it in the Christie’s auction scene as well as for the official movie poster.
The floor-length Chantilly lace number
In June 1997, Azagury presented Diana with a stunning black Chantilly lace floor-length dress with a train and miniature bow accents. The princess wore the gorgeous gown to the Tate Gallery’s Centenary dinner in celebration of her 36th birthday, her last official public appearance before she headed off to Paris. Always one to impeccably accessorize, she matched the formfitting dress with a diamond-and-emerald choker necklace, teardrop earrings, and a clasp bracelet. An exact replica of the dress appears in the film in the Rimini banquet, but Watts has on different jewelry.
The micro-sequined gold gown
In the film adaptation of Princess Diana’s life, Watts appears in the scene at the Royal Opera House in a floor-length gold sequined dress with a cross-back top. The dress, designed by Azagury specifically for the film, was inspired by another one of his designs, worn by Diana in her famous photo shoot with French photographer Patrick Demarchelier. Although the gown from the shoot was black, Azagury kept true to its glittering and embellished body and fitted-yet-cascading silhouette.
The one-shouldered bold blue dress
Princess Diana famously appeared in an electric blue, asymmetrical Versace gown in Sydney at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute fund-raiser. Gianni Versace’s beautiful design brought out the princess’ sapphire eyes, creating a stunning result. In the film’s scene of the event, Watts wears a dress similar to the one Diana wore in 1996. Both gowns feature a smooth, satin silhouette and a diamond detail at the shoulder.