Elizabeth Debicki’s

The Crown has seen Elizabeth Debicki step out of the box in terms of her style, from her British to the joyous Christopher John Rogers looks she’s worn on the press tour. But the season-five premiere red carpet for the Netflix show dictated a classic mood that transcended the trend cycle. And the brand that happily provided a dress fit for a princess? Dior, of course.

The symbolism of Debicki’s Dior haute couture spring-summer 2022 gown was not lost on royal-style watchers. The black silk crepe strapless design featured a similar ribbed draped bustier to that of a baby blue Catherine Walker dress Diana, Princess of Wales, whom Debicki plays in The Crown, wore to Cannes in 1987. 

Elizabeth Debicki at the Royal Albert Hall premiere of The Crown season five.

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Princess Diana at Cannes Film Festival, 1987.

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The jet-black shade of the modern dress also evoked the period that’s fictionalized in the new series, in which Diana redefined royal style by, among many things, frequently wearing black—a color previously worn only as a mark of respect while mourning.

The dress, though striking in its simplicity, took two members of the Dior atelier some 300 hours to perfect and is emblematic of the craft-centric ethos of the house, which named its Lady Dior bag after Diana in 1996. It was styled with Bois de Rose rings, bracelets, and ear cuffs in yellow gold, pink gold, and diamonds, as well as Rose Dior Couture earrings in pink gold and diamonds from Dior Joaillerie. 

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