Updated December 19th, 2023 at 19:15 IST
This Princess Diana dress auctioned at $1.1 million at Julien's Auctions in Hollywood
Princess Diana's timeless dress worn by the royal beauty in 1985 recently auctioned at $1,148,080 at Julien's Auctions in Hollywood.
Princess Diana's timeless dress worn by the royal beauty in 1985 recently fetched a staggering $1,148,080 at Julien's Auctions in Hollywood. The black, ballerina-length velvet evening dress not only exceeded expectations but also set a new fashion record, becoming the most expensive dress worn by Diana ever sold at auction.
Princess Diana's dress at auction
Originally estimated to be valued at $100,000, the gown's final selling price reflects the fascination with Diana's fashion legacy. The dress, featuring distinctive elements such as shoulder pads, a blue organza skirt, a large bow, and a sash, embodies the elegance and sophistication associated with the Princess of Wales.
Diana made a debut with the dress during a royal tour with her then-husband Charles, Prince of Wales, in Florence, Italy, in 1985. Its subsequent appearance at Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 1986 further solidified its significance in the royal wardrobe. The gown's historical value is increased because of its association with memorable moments in Diana's public life.
The dress was tailored with fabric selected by the renowned textile merchant Jakob Schlaepfer. The metallic embroidered stars, intricately and minutely threaded by the design team at Jacques Azagury, add a touch of regal opulence to the ensemble.
The ballerina-length skirt more than a mere stylistic choice. It serves as a Diana's patronage of the English National Ballet and her deep affinity for dance.
Princess Diana's wedding gown dress
Princess Diana was known for wearing wide-shouldered gowns and lavish fabrics, earning her the nickname "Dynasty Di". Her early fashion choices were described as "demure and romantic", featuring pastels and ruffles. Diana's wedding dress created by Elizabeth Emanuel and completed in 1981. The ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown had a 25-foot train and a 153 yards tulle veil. The dress was valued at £9,000 is estimated to have cost close to $115,000.
In 2014, ownership of Diana's dress transferred from her brother to her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. Some of Diana's most iconic dresses are on display at Kensington Palace in London.
Published December 19th, 2023 at 19:15 IST