Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Oh That Dress!

Kerry Taylor Auctions will be holding an auction of the late Princess Diana's wardrobe this coming June. Among the lots is her iconic black strapless taffeta dress designed by Emanuel. Diana was only 19 years of age and this dress was worn to her first official appearance with fiancĂ© Prince Charles. 

If you are old enough to remember, this dress caused quite a stir. How Diana felt glamorous and grown-up, but how the paparazzi could not get enough of her cleavage. I recall how people were either applauding her style or shocked at her lack of coverage - not at all what a princess-to-be might be expected to wear. The beginnings of her individualistic style, clearly wanting to be different than her in-laws. She blazed a trail as no princess has done before, or since.

An auction not without controversy, the original dress was returned to the Emanuel shop for altering as Diana had lost weight. It was decided at the time to make a completely new and smaller one, storing the original in a stock room. Recently re-discovered, they have been accused of capitalizing on Diana's death - as they would not have had two dresses to begin with. Knowing who Diana would become, did they stash her clothes holding onto them for possible future profit? Who knows. Who cares actually. Our free market system is based on this type of sale and isn't it lovely to remember her again?

Expected to fetch upwards of $50 000, visit Kerry Taylor Auctions for previews of their glamorous lots!

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