Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Inspired by VANITY FAIR’s July 1997 Cover

Posted on November 17, 2023


Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, inspired by her infamous photoshoot with Mario Testino in 1997 for VANITY FAIR magazine.





Elizabeth Debicki takes on one of Princess Diana’s iconic photo-shoots in partnership with photographer Charlotte Hadden, in images released by Netflix today.

The images were shot at Elstree during filming of season six earlier this year, to appear as part of the decor in Diana’s Kensington Palace Apartment.

The original shoot by Mario Testino, which inspired these images, was published as part of an interview given by Princess Diana to Vanity Fair in 1997.

Photographer Charlotte Hadden said “When I was first asked to take on the re-imagining of this shoot I was extremely thrilled but admittedly a little nervous. We had to try and strike a balance between our own interpretation and making sure it was still recognisable as the iconic Testino shoot with Diana.

I remember the original shoot so well. What always stood out to me was the simplicity of the shoot, the natural light, a clean white space with a sofa. Even some of the images are soft/blurry…the focus is on Diana and capturing her natural beauty and authenticity.

Having the opportunity to work with Elizabeth on this was a joy. I had already met and photographed her a few times prior to this, which really helped build trust and mutual love for each other’s work. The pressure of playing Princess Diana is unimaginable. Elizabeth embodies her so incredibly well it was a somewhat surreal and emotional experience to have. I wanted her to lead the way in how she wanted to portray Diana, and I captured that as authentically as I could.”

[Photo Credit: Charlotte Hadden for Netflix – Mario Testino for Vanity Fair Magazine]

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