Princess Diana’s iconic velvet gown is up for auction

She wore the unforgettable midnight-blue gown in 1985
Princess Diana’s iconic velvet gown is up for auction

The beloved Princess Diana was every woman’s style icon, and anyone familiar with the late princess remembers the velvet evening gown she wore to The White House in 1985. While attending Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s gala dinner, Diana stunned in the midnight-blue gown, which she accessorised with a pearl choker featuring a huge sapphire and diamond brooch front and centre.

All eyes were on Diana in her Victor Edelstein gown when she took to the dancefloor with John Travolta, and the instantly recognisable piece goes up for auction next month. Princess Diana first sold the dress herself two months before her passing to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund, and now Kerry Taylor Auctions is giving someone the chance to own a piece of history.

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Arguably the most iconic and memorable gown Princess Diana ever wore, second only to her wedding dress:⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ The midnight-blue velvet evening gown by Victor Edelstein, worn to attend the White House State dinner on the 9th November, 1985, where she famously danced with John Travolta⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Victor Edelstein made dresses for Princess Diana over an eleven-year period. She would often pop into his shop at 3-4 Stanhope Mews and look through the collections whilst her security guard waited outside. The Princess saw this model in his studio in burgundy and requested it be made for her in midnight blue. The fittings for the gown took place in her private apartments at Kensington Palace. At the last fitting, Princess Diana was so delighted with the final result that she rushed to show it to Prince Charles. Mr Edelstein recalls that the Prince, who appeared in full regimental dress (as he had an official engagement that day), told the Princess that she looked wonderful in the gown and that it would be perfect to wear with jewels⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Falling alluringly off the shoulders and with a diagonally-swathed velvet skirt which hugs the figure tightly to the knee, then flaring out into a broad flounce above layered tulle petticoats, this is one of the most glamorous gowns she ever wore. And it was clearly a favorite, being worn for at least five further Royal engagements⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Poignantly, Princess Diana chose this gown 12 years later to wear for the last official portrait ever taken of her. The photograph, by Lord Snowdon, shows a thirty-five-year-old Princess appearing self-assured, confident and, of course, dazzlingly beautiful⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ (Lot 237, estimate £250,000-350,000. Auction 9th December)⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #princessdiana #fashionhistory #johntravolta #thewhitehouse #victoredelstein #passionforfashion #vintagecouture

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As part of the auction house’s Passion for Fashion auction on December 9, the gown will be sold alongside pieces worn by icons like Coco Chanel, with an estimated starting price of Dhs1.1 million.

For more information on the auction, visit the website here.

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