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article imageIs Princess Diana The Most Stylish Woman Ever?

By Saikat Basu     Aug 8, 2008 in Entertainment
So says The Daily Express in a list of the Top 10 Elegant Women. Some may agree and some disagree, but the fact remains any of the women in the list could hold their their own era and beyond.
When you have legends like Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn and not to mention Marilyn Monroe, one wouldn't expect anyone to top them. But Princess Diana has just done that.
Their wasn't a doubt in her lifetime that 'England's Rose' was an influential style icon, but she seems to hold an equal sway after her demise too. According to a Daily Express list of the Top 10 Elegant Women, Princess Di styled off the likes of Sophia Loren and Jackie Kennedy, whose signature styles were front page stuff in a bygone era.
As you go through the list please note that the list denotes 'elegance', not beauty nor sexiness. As Lucie Clayton Jean Broke Smith, the former head teacher of TV school Ladette to Lady puts it,
” We have very poor role models today. Elegance and dress sense – its terrible passé now. The fashion world is too intertwined with the music world. People need to remember that hotpants are not glamorous."
Yes, their old-fashioned etiquette remains unrivalled in today’s Page 3 world.
The Top 10 according to the paper are -
1. Princess Diana
2. Sophia Loren
3. Grace Kelly
4. Audrey Hepburn
5. Marilyn Monroe
6. Catherine Zeta Jones
7. Ava Gardner
8. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
9. Greta Garbo, and hold your breath...
10. Carla Bruni
For Lucie Smith, elegance means Audrey Hepburn's little black dress she wore at 'Breakfast At Tiffany's'. At the risk of nitpicking, we couldn't agree more.
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