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. Continue reading

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Behind the Tiara

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News last week that Princess Kate wore Princess Diana’s signature tiara for the first time to a diplomatic reception sparked notice. Kate wore the Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara to the annual event in the palace ballroom, attended by 1,500 guests. Queen Elizabeth, who inherited the tiara from her grandmother Queen Mary, gave it to Diana as a present on her wedding day in 1981. It is said that it is the one piece most closely associated with Diana, who wore it so famously. Queen Elizabeth wore the tiara rarely and in fact had placed it in storage, but Diana gave it life. When Princess Kate chose to wear it last week she inspired much emotion.

When I think about why, I am touched. Part of it is about history and tradition. A part has to do with bringing back images of the one-of-a-kind Diana. And part of it is about the dreamer in all of us who wish to wear something sparkly and special. Like many girls I had visions of myself wearing a tiara, but the reality that I was not royalty hit me soon enough. And today, though I don’t walk around with my own tiara, I still feel the need to sparkle from time to time. Don’t we all?

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Overalls, it’s over. I’m not buying it!

Princess Diana made overalls sexy

Princess Diana made overalls sexy                                                                                                        Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar #TheList

Harper’s Bazaar #TheList, highlights the women on the street having a love affair with the all-in-one denim piece called the overall. For several years overalls were my best friend. They were my best friend when I was pregnant with my first baby 18 years ago; they were my best friend after baby #one was born and before I could fit comfortably in my regular clothes; they were my best friend three years later when I was pregnant with baby #two, and kept me company, again, for the first few months post-delivery. A tried-and-true best friend. But then … not. There was the day my mother looked at me (as only a mother can) and said, “It’s time to say good bye to the overalls.”

I haven’t worn them since. I think overalls have a shelf-life. You have to be at a certain place in your life to wear overalls successfully. Otherwise, you end up looking just a little weird, with droopy drawers. If now is your time, go for it. For me? It’s time to find a new best friend. I’m not buying it!

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