Ten of Princess Dianas most important and iconic dresses, by some of her favourite designers including Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker, Bruce Oldfield and Victor Edelstein, are to be auctioned in London today.
The elegant couture creations include a Victor Edelstein midnight blue velvet gown valued at up to £300,000. Diana famously wore the gown to a State dinner at the White House in 1985 where she danced the night away with John Travolta to songs from his film Saturday Night fever, an experience he later described as 'like a fairytale'.
There are six Catherine Walker dresses in the collection, including a beautiful Mughal-inspired embroidered evening gown and bolero - made for Dianas State visit to India in 1992 - estimated to fetch £120,000. There's also a sea-green sequined evening gown, worn for the State visit to Austria.
The collection of dresses shows Dianas style evolution as her self-confidence and sense of daring grew a Bruce Oldfield black velvet evening gown, worn at the gala opening of Les Miserables in 1985 is notable as black was strictly against Royal protocol, only meant to be worn during periods of mourning.
That sense of style daring is shared with Kate Middleton (remember her in the see-through dress that first caught Prince Williams eye?), while Diana enjoyed choosing sculpted outfits that emphasised and enhanced her slim, athletic physique as well as rich velvets, often in dark colours, which acted as a great backdrop to her collection of fine jewels.
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Catherine Walker embroidered evening gown worn by Princess Diana
Catherine Walker sequined evening gown worn by Princess Diana
The famous Victor Edelstein gown worn by Princess Diana at the White House dinner
A Bruce Oldfield dress worn by Princess Diana