Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center is honored to showcase, The Elegance of Royal Fashion Featuring the Gowns of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Designs from the Pat Kerr Private Royal Collection.
The show-stopping exhibition featuring Diana, Princess of Wales’ evening gowns, as well as her replicated wedding gown, with its phenomenal 25-foot train, will be on view. Other artifacts to be showcased: lady-in-waiting gowns, a gown worn by Wallis Simpson, the late Duchess of Windsor; a replica of the gown American socialite Jacqueline Bouvier wore to marry political scion Jack Kennedy, along with the gown Kerr created for the advertising campaign of Estée Lauder’s White Diamond perfume, and a trove of royal ephemera and rare laces.
This wealth of royal treasures is owned by noted Memphis fashion designer and doyenne Pat Kerr Tigrett, who resided in London for 20 years, primarily during the heyday of royal collecting, and is the most prominent American collector in this particular field of endeavor. The Princess of Wales gowns Kerr owns have been shown in two recent blockbuster exhibitions at Kensington Palace in London: Fashion Rules, from 2013 to 2016, and, most recently, in an exhibition from 2017-2019, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Princess’s death. Kerr has both amassed the objects over the past four decades and created many of the items which comprise her extraordinary collection.