Dresses from the Wardrobe of The People’s Princess

Three very rare Princess Diana dresses on view at the Museum Of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware for the summer months

by Anthology

Three very important and rarely seen dresses that belonged to the late Princess Diana are due auctioned at Julien’s Auctions, Beverly Hills in August and online at julienslive.com  Part of the proceeds will go to charity, continuing the legacy of The People’s Princess who tirelessly worked to help those less fortunate. The garments are now on display at the Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware in Newbridge, Co. Kildare through the summer months.

The dresses were previously auctioned by Christie’s in 1997. Princess Diana then donated eighty dresses from her personal collection to be auctioned to benefit the AIDS Crisis Trust and the Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund only two months before her tragic death.

One of the garments is a stunning scarlet red silk Bruce Oldfield gown worn by Princess Diana while attending the film premiere of Hot Shots at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, in November of 1991 which was attended by President Arpad Goncz of Hungry and his wife Zsuzsa. The gown has a draped short sleeve bodice with a slender fitting ruching to the waist and hips with an all over lamé tartan motif. 

There are also two Catherine Walker dresses, an English designer whose designs were much loved by Princess Diana and whose designs are still worn by many of the royals today, including Catherine, Princess of Wales.  In fact, Catherine Walker created garments for Princess Diana for sixteen years and indeed, she also designed the black cocktail dress that she was laid to rest in. The first of the two Catherine Walker garments which will go on display is a timeless black and white strapless gown which was worn by Princess Diana to a private function. The gown (auction estimate: $60,000 – $80,000) is composed of white silk crepe with bold bands of black silk velvet with a graduated hemline and silk lining. 

Jade and black dress worn by Diana Princess of Wales Photo credit Tim Graham Getty
Photo Tim Graham/Getty

The second Catherine Walker garment is an evening gown worn by Princess Diana to a gala dinner at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto in 1986. The gown (auction estimate: $100,0000 – $200,000) has a fitted black faille bodice with a décolleté neckline and off the shoulder short sleeves with a draped jade silk skirt with fringed sash and side slit. 

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