USA: PRINCESS DIANA ATTENDS FASHION GALA

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(31 Jan 1995) English/Nat

Britain’s Princess Diana unveiled a slick new look last (Monday) night as she attended a fashion gala in the United States.

Sporting gelled back hair, she found it hard to avoid rumours that she – at least at some point – intended to move to New York.

Princess Diana was the centre of attention as she arrived to present a special award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America ceremony.

True to form, she drew much of the attention for the way she looked – not least with her latest hairstyle.

Celebrity guests at the black tie dinner and ceremony included fashion designers Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer and Aliens actress Sigourney Weaver were among those present.

The big names of American fashion gathered at New York’s Lincoln Centre for what is described as the Oscars of the fashion industry.

Last time the Princess of Wales was in the States there was much press speculation that she was considering moving there.

Whilst the story was dismissed by Buckingham Palace, some still seem to retain a hope that it could be true.

UPSOUND: Heckler- “Move to New York!”

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“Ladies and gentlemen I’m immensely proud to be here in New York tonight with you all – to be giving this award to a lady from my own country who is also a dear friend and whose talent and courage has been an inspiration to us all. Ladies and gentlemen, Liz Tilberis
SUPER CAPTION: Princess Diana of Wales

This, of course, was the reason for her presence.

The princess presented a special award to Liz Tilberis, the former editor of Vogue.

Tilberis is now the editor-in-chief of the American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar.

Their friendship grew from Diana’s frequent visits to the London Vogue offices in the early eighties.

The trip continues the princess’s links with America which she has visited several times in recent months, but the palace deny that she is thinking of either buying a New York apartment – or living there.

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