Here's the stunning story behind Princess Diana's famous short hair cut
It was a spur of the moment decision and it became famous around the world.
For decades, British royals have influenced our fashion choices. An outfit worn by the Duchess of Cambridge is sold out minutes after she's worn it. The same can be said of the soon-to-be royal, Meghan Markle as well. Her self-portrait dress, worn during the Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace, turned into a must-have for the holiday season.
While Meghan and Kate have inspired elegance, sophistication, and class, there was another royal who's sense of fashion can be best described under the category street style. After all, she was the people's princess.
Princess Diana evolved into a fashion icon and is now one among the best-dressed women in history. The late princess transformed from "shy Di" to a smart and sleek influencer.
In fact, the world remembers her by what she wore; the off shoulder black 'revenge' dress that was deemed too daring, or the beautiful white Catherine Walker pearl-encrusted bolero she wore over her gown. The press later called this the 'Élvis Dress'.
"She did clearly have fun with fashion and she took risks and experimented with her style. She was the first member of the royal family to be photographed wearing trousers to evening events," Eleri Lynn, curator of Diana: Her Fashion Story, an exhibition on the late princess, told Vanity Fair in August this year.
She added, "But she [Diana] often teamed them with tuxedo jackets and bowties- that's quite the bold, fun look you don't expect of a princess."
And just like Diana's clothes spoke to masses of fans spread across the world, so did her hairstyle. In the 80s, Diana embraced a haircut that toed the royal family's approved fashion. She had an ashy bouffant that was even voted the most influential haircut by The Stylist.
However, it was the 90s that defined Diana. Her hairstyle, much like her clothing choices, became bold. One of the lasting images of Diana includes her legendary cropped haircut.
But hairstylist Sam McKnight revealed in his new memoir that the haircut was actually a total impulse job. According to Us Weekly, McKnight was styling Princess Diana's hair for a 1990 British Vogue cover. His team decided to show off her tiara and put Diana's shoulder-grazing hair back in a faux cut.
In his book titled Hair, McKnight wrote that Diana liked the look very much. He wrote, "As she was leaving, Diana asked what would I do to her hair if I had free reign... I suggested cutting it short and she, to my surprise, agreed, and we did it there and then."
McKnight went on to work with Diana until she died. He often saw her once or twice a day and helped in crafting some of her most iconic beauty moments, from the legendary cropped cut that became famous around the round world, to the wet look he gave her for the 1995 CFDA awards, where she appeared as a celebrity presenter.
"We had so much fun and a lot of laughter for seven years. I miss her still," McKnight told Vogue.
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