More rare pieces from Princess Diana’s wardrobe are going up for auction. According to The Telegraph, three dresses that the royal owned and wore are going on sale today through Kerry Taylor, a fashion auctioneer. The items, ranging from a plaid number to silk separates, are linked with memorable events the princess participated in during the ’80s. One piece, a crushed velvet gown, is even expected to sell for over $88,700.
With the 20th anniversary of the princess’ death looming in the near future (August 2017), more light is being shed on her personal life and iconic style. For example, a fashion exhibit revolving around her wardrobe will premiere in February, and some of her unique wardrobe has already been auctioned off this year.
Below, get to know the frocks being sold today.
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The first is a tartan dress by Caroline Charles, which Diana wore to the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland in September 1982. She was in the company of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Charles that day. The piece had a white Peter Pan collar and matching cuffs, and Diana accessorized with an O’shanter hat, pale tights and black kitten heels. “It was such a happy and relaxed moment,” Taylor said of the dress, which the princess wore a year after marrying Charles. It’s expected to sell for $7,600-$11,400.
The second is a turquoise silk suit by Catherine Walker, one of Diana’s favorite designers, which she wore during a royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1983. This dress, like the previous, was given away by Diana (either to friends or previously auctioned to charities) and owned by other women. The woman who last owned this dress reportedly wore it to a wedding and spilled champagne on the front, bringing the estimate down to around $760.
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The third and final piece (and perhaps the most stunning) is an off-the-shoulder gown by Bruce Oldfield, that features an inner pencil skirt, 18th century overskirt and purple embossed velvet. The princess has worn it at dinner with the Portuguese president in February 1987 and at a gala at The Grosvenor House Hotel in November 1988 (pictured above).
This isn’t the gown’s first time being sold. It was perviously part of a Christie’s auction in 1997, where it was bought for $26,450. Today, Taylor estimates it will sell for at least $88,700, but considering the princess and her timeless influence as a style icon, it wouldn’t be a surprise if this, or any of the other dresses, sold for much more.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US