The exhibit featured information about Diana's childhood, complete with home videos, handwritten works by Diana as a little girl, and artifacts from her childhood. She seemed to be such a fun, carefree child. She was just as attractive as a little girl as she was as an adult. It is no wonder she stole the hearts of the general public. She certainly stole my heart as I grew up watching her in the public eye. She was gorgeous and philanthropic. There really isn't a better combination. She was quite the role model.
The exhibition also shows details about her time as the Princess of Wales and her life post Prince Charles. We got to see many outfits worn by her during her years in the public eye. There was great information about her philanthropic work. She liked to give attention to those charities that were the least glamorous. She did a lot of work with AIDS victims and Leprosy patients. She had a lot of heart, didn't she? Of course there was information about her tragic death, even an entire area filled with sympathies sent after her death. It was really quite moving.
Even though I attended the exhibit with the intention of seeing her wedding gown, it turned out not to be one of my favorite parts. Yes, it was exquisite. But her philanthropy work really touched me as I am planning The Purple Dress Project. I felt a bit of a connection with her, knowing I was trying to support a pretty unglamorous disease as well. I was encouraged by her work. It isn't easy to do philanthropic work. It is difficult to get people to donate and see the purpose in your cause. But Diana's story really rekindled the fire of The Purple Dress Project and I'm so excited it is launching tomorrow.
If you live in the area, you should stop by the Union Station between now and June 12th to visit this exhibition. It is one of the best I've seen.