OUR PRINCESS DIANA FASHION ARTICLE TODAY IS THE BLINKY DI PULLOVER, THE AUSTRALIANA CRAZE FROM 1981!

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In 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Di and among the official wedding gifts sent to the then-happy couple was a pair of Jenny Kee koala and kangaroo hand-knitted jumpers. Based on the children’s book character Blinky Bill, the koala knit was one of Kee’s most popular designs.
image In 1982 a pregnant and ‘windswept’ Princess Diana was photographed by the English press wearing her chunky bright blue ‘Blinky’ jumper and a pair of red trousers at a polo match.
image imageThe image went viral, as did another photograph of Diana wearing a Muir and Osborne ‘one-black sheep-in-a-flock’ jumper (ironically revisited by French fashion house Chloe seen below in 2009).
image image Diana’s witty knits, sparked huge demand for copies amongst her international fashion followers. Kee was asked to design a ‘Blinky Di’ pattern for Australian Women’s Weekly readers to whip up at home, while Muir and Osborne sold 500 of their hand-knitted sheep sweaters in less than five months.
image image image And, as of April 2015, the Blinky Di pullover, seen above, is being redesigned for a new era of trendsetters. Jenny Kee’s “Koala” just never goes out of style!