The most famous dress in history

14 April 2010

She’s one of the most beautiful and iconic women of all time – even 10 years after her death her image still has the power to captivate and obsess us.

So, there’s sure to be a huge interest in a the forthcoming auction of this stunning black taffeta evening dress – created, no less by veritable Queens of 1980’s design – David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

Thought to be quite avant-garde by Palace standards of the time, worn by Diana to a charity ball at Goldsmiths' Hall in the City in March 1981 is a concoction of frills and frippery that marked the young Princess’s entry into the world of royalty – and one that certainly raised quite a few eyebrows at the time. Members of the royal family were not known for their fashion credentials, black was a colour almost solely reserved for mourning and princesses were definitely not prone to displaying such a daring amount of decolletage.

This is what the designers had to say about the dress that made history;

'We gave her the dress and a little shawl to go with it so she could cover up on the night and away she went.

We hadn't considered the fact that when Diana bent over - as she would have to do when getting out of the car - she would show quite a lot of cleavage. We just thought she looked fabulous.'

If you think you might like to buy into a spot of Dianamebelia then start saving now, as the auction is in June and the dress is expected to go for up to (gulp!) £50 000!

For more information see visit Kerry's Auctions


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Ambrina Agha (Tue Dec 20 13:03:34 GMT 2011): nothing feels bad if she does.