Princess Diana and The Story of a Dress

Princess Diana in a Catherine Walker design; Getty Images/

Princess Diana in a Catherine Walker design; Getty Images/Anwar Hussein

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One of Princess Diana’s favorite designers was Catherine Walker. News that a dark green, sequined Catherine Walker dress that the Princess first wore in 1986 on a visit to Australia, and subsequently wore three more times, is going up for auction in a few weeks in The United Kingdom. It is expected to sell for over $100,000. Catherine Walker created the dress for Diana over 30 years ago. According to the auction house, the dress has a unique story: it was part of a large order for the Australia trip. Princess Diana didn’t ask to see the sketches, as she trusted Catherine Walker’s good taste, and she knew that she would create a beautiful dress. And she did: for the evening, Diana wore the dress with a diamond choker given to her as wedding gift by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Charles’s grandmother. The dress lived on with Princess Diana and will now be recorded in auction history.

No wonder fashion designers love it when celebrities wear their dresses on the red carpet – the exposure and name recognition does wonders for their brand. In my lifetime, few people are more of a celebrity than Princess Diana. With her style and panache, she was able to draw a following to the fashion designer behind her wardrobe selections unlike any other. She has led the way, in fact, for her daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton. Though Catherine Walker has passed away, her company lives on; in fact, Kate recently wore a green coat dress to an engagement in London.

 

 

 

 

Though Catherine has passed away, her company lives on; in fact, Kate Middleton is now a fan of the label and recently wore a green coat dress to an engagement in London.

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