If you think you’re excited for new episodes of The Crown, put yourself in Emma Corrin’s shoes. Sunday’s premiere of the Netflix hit marks the 24-year-old actress’s debut on the series as she takes on the role of a lifetime. As Diana, Princess of Wales, Corrin brilliantly portrays the late royal’s transformation from unassuming kindergarten teacher to the people’s princess during her tumultuous first years as a royal family member.
Accurately capturing the allure of one of the world’s most famous women is no small feat. Still, Corrin holds her own in an ensemble that includes Oscar-winner Olivia Colman and Emmy-winner Gillian Anderson. Equal parts shy, daring and determined, Corrin’s Diana is sure to be amongst the big talking points of the new season.
Given the hotly anticipated nature of the show, a star-studded premiere was in order. Safety constraints prevented an IRL party, so the cast and crew went digital. Their at-home celebrations (complete with mini red carpets for the actors) were a charming way to honour the hard work that goes into the series.
Corrin chose to immortalise the moment with help from photographer Greg Williams and her stylist, Harry Lambert. Rather than pull straight from the runway, she and Lambert collaborated with Miu Miu on a custom look featuring a puff-sleeved tunic and matching leggings. The head-to-toe tartan was appropriately whimsical and, dare we say it, fit for a princess.
The socially-distanced nature of the premiere didn’t dampen Corrin’s mood. Eager for audiences to take in the drama’s latest entry and the team’s talents, she found sharing their work with the world felt like a fairytale. “If you want to find me in the upcoming few days, I’ll be somewhere in north London pinching myself until this all feels real,” she shared via email. “I am too excited for you all to see what we have created—thanks for watching and supporting!”
Here, Corrin guides Vogue through her pre-party preparations and what it’s like posing for the red carpet while at home.
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Honestly, one of the funniest deliveries I’ve ever had: a two-metre step and repeat and a red carpet. (I kept the red carpet, of course).
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Corrin’s solo glam squad in action
Having to do my own hair and make-up for the premiere at home was an interesting challenge for someone not that skilled in this department.
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Lipstick befitting a princess
As you can see here, I chose to do my make-up in my living room against a precariously placed mirror. Worked out quite well, I thought.
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To iron, or not to iron?
The day before this, I wondered whether I should iron my bed sheets, and I decided not to. I regret this decision.
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For anyone wondering, no, I don’t actually know how to play chess. However, I’ve recently devoured The Queen’s Gambit, so perhaps I’ll start learning.
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Some quick correspondence
Total disclaimer: I did none of my interviews in this position.
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Or this (it’s November!)
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Paying credit where credit is due
How knockout is this custom Miu Miu though! A big cheer for Harry Lambert (who has to be called one of life’s absolute geniuses) and all my lovely Miu Miu family.
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A sketch of Corrin’s custom Miu Miu look.
This article was originally published on Vogue.com