Elizabeth Debicki’s The Crown Premiere Look Took 300 Hours To Make And Is Loaded With Symbolism

From her British Vogue makeover to the joyous Christopher John Rogers coords she has worn on the press tour, The Crown has seen Elizabeth Debicki step out of the box in terms of her style. But the season five premiere of the Netflix show dictated a classic mood that transcended the trend cycle. The brand that happily obliged with a dress fit for a princess? Dior, of course.

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 symbolism of Debicki’s Dior haute couture spring 2022 gown was not lost on royal style watchers. The black silk crepe strapless design featured a similar ribbed draped bustier to that of the baby-blue Catherine Walker dress Diana, Princess of Wales, whom Elizabeth plays in The Crown, wore to Cannes in 1987. The jet-black shade of the modern dress also evoked the period which is fictionalized in the new series, in which Diana redefines royal style by, amongst many things, frequently wearing black—a color previously only worn as a mark of respect while mourning.

Debicki’s open-back gown is from the Dior haute couture spring/summer 2022 collection, dedicated to craftsmanship.

“The collection celebrates the atelier,” said Maria Grazia Chiuri. “The atelier is different to what it was in the past. It’s not just Avenue Montaigne. It’s something that exists around the world.”

The new silhouette, 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. 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, the statuesque look continued a long relationship between brand and princess. As Debicki hit the red carpet, it was announced that the actor is now a Dior Joaillerie ambassador – fitting considering the metaphors at the heart of the jewelry Diana wore, particularly after her split from Prince Charles. As the drama unfolds around the plot lines of The Crown, Debicki can be confident in the knowledge she has continued the tradition of quintessentially Diana looks, loaded with meaning.

The stripped-back edit was something of a couture reset for Chiuri, who paid homage to the artisans at the heart of the brand. 

Black, for all its symbolism, looked particularly striking on Elizabeth at The Crown premiere.