REMEMBERING GINA FRATINI: The British designer Gina Fratini, famous in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties for her dramatic ball gowns, has died aged 85, in London. Fratini had a long list of celebrity clients – including Princess Diana – and was best known for plying miles of silk, organza, velvet and taffeta into romantic dresses with ruffles, ribbons or soft prints. She later worked as a guest designer for Norman Hartnell.
Model wearing a Holly Hobby-style dress from British designer Gina Fratini’s Fall 1972 RTW collection
Princess Diana wore a Fratini for Hartnell, sari-inspired white silk chiffon gown trimmed with pearlised sequins and beads for an official portrait by Terence Donovan in 1990, and then donned the dress once again for the ballet during an official visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in April 1991. That dress is currently on display as part of “Diana: Her Fashion Story,” a show of the late Princess Diana’s evolving style which is currently taking place at Kensington Palace.
Housed at the Pigott Galleries, the Kensington Palace show spans six rooms, part of the Queen’s Apartments that were built for Queen Mary II. The display includes 25 pieces ranging from the evening gowns Diana wore in