Some of Princess Di's dresses for auction. Photo: Getty images
Diana, Princess of Wales' style was, in a word, iconic. With a penchant for rich colours, fabrics and spearheading trends with that appropriate measure of royal restraint, she transformed the traditional regal look into something more inviting, accessible and modern.
If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of fashion history, and have a spare £20,000 to £200,000 in the bank, we’ve got news for you. 10 of Princess Di’s most iconic dresses will go up for auction on March 19. The collection was originally bought at a charity sale in June 1997, a few months before her death, and includes gowns by designers Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker and Burce Oldfield.
Diana enthusiasts will go mad for the midnight-blue velvet Victor Edelstein gown Diana wore when she danced with John Travolta at a State dinner given by the White House in November 1985 (a moment Travolta later described as “like a fairytale”). There’s a bottle-green velvet number with a handprint, believed to be belonging to one of the princess’ lil scamps. There are creations that appeared in portraits by legendary photographers Lord Snowdon and Mario Testino, and the black Bruce Oldfield that Diana wore to the opening night of Les Miserables, ignoring Charles’ warning that black was strictly against royal protocol.
Pre-reverse massage ... when John Travolta danced with Princess Diana.
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