Princess Diana was always my favourite princess – when I was young, there were always photos of her on magazine covers looking impossibly glamorous. I remember thinking to myself “when I grow up, I want to dress just like her”.
The black taffeta dress that marked her sartorial transition from shy school teacher to future princess was auctioned in London on behalf of the designers, David and Elizabeth Emmanuel. At the time, it was considered to be quite scandalous, both because it was low cut and also because the royals only wore black for mourning.
The dress was sold with an original copy of the invoice, fashion sketches, and photographs of Diana in the gown. The package was expected to sell for £50,000 but instead sold for an incredible £192,000 (that’s just under $AUD336,000).
The dress was purchased by Jorge Yarur on behalf of his Fundación Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile. The museum already boasts an extensive collection of Princess Diana’s dresses and word has it Yarur plans to bequeath the dress collection to Kensington Palace in his will.