She wanted to make a statement...

Princess Diana (†36): The Story Behind The So-Called "Revenge Dress"

Princess Diana in 1994, wearing what today is called "Revenge Dress".

The famous little black dress, which Princess Diana, who died in 1997, wore at a reception in the Serpentine Gallery in London, made headlines back in 1994. The mother of Prince Harry and Prince William wasn't used to wearing that tantalizing of an attire. But why is it called "Revenge Dress" today?

The reason for the strange nickname "Revenge Dress" is simple. While Princess Diana (†36)  attended a reception at the Serpentine Gallery in London in June 1994, the documentary by Jonathan Dimbleby, in which Prince Charles (69)  talked at length about his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles (71), who is now the Duchess of Cornwall, was shown on television.

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla have now officially been a couple for over two decades

Princess Diana in her "Revenge Dress"

Diana knew that Prince Charles wanted to use his confession on television to improve his image among the population. So the day before the newspapers could print the headlines, she visited the reception in the English capital in this tantalizing dress.

Prince Charles' confession, naturally, was THE story in the newspapers the next day. But the picture of Diana next to it did not convey the image of a deceived wife. Quite the opposite even...