Elizabeth Debicki will play the role of the late Princess Diana in The crown Season 5 when it lands November 9
The new series of the hit Netflix series based on the royal family covers the 1990s and the growing friction within Charles and Diana’s marriage
As was the case with season 4, which is set in the 80s, Diana’s style reflects the times and Debicki portrays the late royal with aplomb.
Read on to see each time The crown nailed Elizabeth Debicki’s outfits as Diana in the upcoming season
The highly anticipated fifth season of The crownairs Nov. 9, and with it a new cast as Netflix’s hit series enters the ’90s.
With subtle shoulder pads, slim turtlenecks and high waisted jeans, Princess Diana adopted a more elegant style befitting the new phase of her life, and these looks were reflected on screen by the new Lady Di, played by Elizabeth Debicki, should be some of the show’s best to date.
In images posted to Twitter last month, the resemblance between Debicki (who succeeds Emma Corrin as Diana) and the late People’s Princess was uncanny.
Of course, they have similar characteristics: showrunner Peter Morgan told Entertainment Weekly that “uniquely gorgeous” Debicki was his only choice for this time in Diana’s life.
“It was a list of one,” he told EW. “If she had said no, maybe I should have redesigned the whole show.”
But the similarities are also due to Emmy-winning costume designer Amy Roberts.
The new season shows Diana spending a lot of time alone, living alone at Kensington Palace while young Princes William and Harry are at school.
“There’s very little of her in public wearing glamorous dresses,” Roberts told Vanity Fair of Diana’s season five wardrobe. “It’s a big part of his private inner world.”
As such, we see a different side of Diana as she finds the styles that suit the new stage of her life and tries out 90s trends.
However, as The crown is a work of fiction, based on real events, not every outfit fits the occasion.
“The mood board is just to soak in her and the look,” Roberts added. “I think you have to do all that research, be absolutely grounded in accuracy, but you can be a little more poetic about it. [rather than] just slavishly copying everything. I think you can be imaginative, glamorous and cinematic.
As fans eagerly await Season 5’s arrival on Netflix on Wednesday, check out all of Princess Diana’s most iconic outfits recreated for Elizabeth Debicki in The crown.
Everytime The crown nailed Elizabeth Debicki’s outfits as Diana
The “Vengeance Dress”
The Christina Stambolian cocktail dress – known simply as the “Revenge Dress” – was one of the few outfits that required historical accuracy regarding the time and place of the costume, due to its notoriety.
“When we found out I got the part, I got these congratulatory text messages, [but] there was also a huge amount of text messages about the Revenge Dress,” Debicki told Entertainment Weekly. ‘Can you wear the Revenge Dress?’ ‘Oh my God, you can wear the Revenge Dress!’”
The iconic dress was worn by Diana at a party at the Serpentine Gallery in 1994, the same night Prince Charles’ explosive interview with ITN aired, in which he admitted to not being faithful during his marriage to Diana.
Read more: Why Princess Diana’s “Revenge Dress” Remains So Iconic Today
Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West were seen filming aboard the yacht Christina O – once owned by Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis – earlier this year.
It looked like the couple were recreating Charles and Diana’s 10th anniversary trip to Italy in 1991, but it seems the costume team took inspiration from another trip – from the couple’s visit to the World’s Fair in Seville – for Diana’s floral dress.
Dress with a halter top
The turquoise blue Jacques Azagury halter neck dress, worn with a shimmering diamond and pearl necklace and earrings worn to Vanity Fair magazine’s dinner at the Serpentine Gallery in 1995, was one of the most iconic outfits from Diana.
However, Debicki wears the outfit at the Lyceum Theater in New York, which replaces the Royal Albert Hall in London, where Diana attended a Swan Lake Royal Gala on June 3, 1997.
Diana wore this lilac crepe Versace suit during a visit to Washington in June 1997, one of the last foreign working visits of her life, where she gave an anti-mine speech on behalf of the Cross -American Red.
However, it looks like Debicki is wearing the flattering costume from season five to watch Dodi and Charles perform in polo matches, as she was pictured sitting with Salim Daw, who plays Mohammed Al Fayed, Dodi’s father earlier this year .
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Not exactly the same green suit style as Diana’s (many) green blazers, but The crown The team definitely drew inspiration from the late royal’s evolving ’90s style for several looks in Season 5.
“There’s a lot of color blocking,” Debicki told British Vogue in a video, “very subtle shoulder pads and very long jackets and blazers.
Leopard print swimsuit
Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West played Diana and Charles vacationing on Necker Island with their two sons in 1990. By this point, it was clear that Diana had grown accustomed to being followed by paparazzi wherever they went.
Not to be confused with the now famous Jantzen leopard print swimsuit, worn off the coast of France with boyfriend Dodi Fayed in July 1997, Diana wore a similar style seven years earlier, which is also depicted in Season 5 .
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“It’s a tricky thing with Diana, because when has she ever been in a private moment?” Debicki told British Vogue.
“When you look at this photo of her, she’s obviously a person who’s accepted this as a part of her life and she’s going to show up and she’s going to be beautiful.”
“I was very grateful for this sarong,” she added. “Plus, the leopard print is so iconic.”
Diana’s penchant for wearing red on public engagements is perhaps matched only by the current Princess of Wales.
From suits to coat dresses, the late Lady Di often looked for a scarlet number to greet fans waiting for her, including on her first official visit to Wales as Princess of Wales.
Read more: Why does the Princess of Wales wear so much red?
Another look that The crownThe costume department of almost nailed on a tee, is the periwinkle blue blazer Diana wore on Prince William’s first day at Eton.
Debicki joins Dominic West as Prince Charles, Timothee Sambor as William and Teddy Hawley as Prince Harry, in an almost identical image to the family in 1995.
Debicki channeled the late royal in a red tartan jacket with matching skirt while filming scenes for Princess Eugenie’s christening earlier this year.
Diana wore a very similar outfit for the actual christening in 1990, specifically the hat with a thick black band around the crown, but it seems the costume designers took inspiration from several other instances of her wearing tartan for this scene , instead of directly mimicking Diana’s houndstooth style.
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