Princess Diana's Lingerie-Inspired Met Gala Dress Is Still Trending in 2022

Who's ready for the 2022 Met Gala? Before we get to the first Monday in May, let's take a second to revisit one of the event's most memorable moments of all time: Princess Diana's one and only visit in 1996. The royal had already established herself as a fashion icon, so no doubt fans were excited to see her grace the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For the occasion, Princess Diana went with a lingerie-inspired John Galliano for Dior satin slip dress with lace trim—a classic item that's still just as stylish in 2022 as it was back then. Diana wore her gown with a Lady Dior bag, a stunning statement pearl choker necklace—another '90s trend that's back with a vengeance—and sapphire earrings that have since been passed down to Kate Middleton. There's no doubt that Princess Diana's fashionable, charitable legacy lives on to this day. Scroll down to revisit what Princess Diana wore to the Met Gala in 1996, and shop the trend. 


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On Princess Diana: John Galliano for Dior dress; Lady Dior handbag


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Next, the 2022 Met Gala theme, explained—and six trends to expect on the red carpet.

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