Three frocks formerly owned by Princess Di hit the auction block

Princess Di’s dresses (credit: kerry Taylor)

On the cusp of the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, three dresses owned and worn by her were up for sale via auctioneer Kerry Taylor. Each of the dresses represents a distinct part of Di’s life.

The first, a brown tartan day dress with a white Peter Pan collar designed by Caroline Charles, was worn by the Princess to the Braemar Highland Games in September of 1982. “This dress was worn a year after Charles and Diana married and it was such a happy and relaxed moment,” explains Taylor to the The Telegraph.  “We see her laughing with the Queen in that dress. It’s part of a happy interlude – the calm before the storm.”

The next is a turquoise silk suit by designer Catherine Walker. The Royal wore this on her tour of Australia and New Zealand in April 1983. “She was photographed wearing this ensemble rubbing noses – the traditional Maori greeting,” Taylor explains.

Lastly is a purple crushed velvet off-the-shoulder number designed by Bruce Oldfield. Diana wore it to a dinner at the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon during a visit to Portugal with Prince Charles in February 1987.

While the purple frock was previously on auction via Christie’s in 1997 and acquired for $26,450, it has remained unworn since Diana donned it. It just sold for $57,000.

The NY Post notes the other two frocks were originally unwittingly purchased by a mother and daughter from a London vintage shop years ago. Those dresses were actually worn by the duo, and apparently items tainted by commoners decrease value. The turquoise suit was altered, worn to a wedding by the mother and had champagne spilled on it. As a result Taylor expected it to garner £600 rather than £6,000, but surprisingly it ended up going for $5,300. The tartan dress, although not altered, was worn by the daughter and sold for the final bid of $7,000.

[NYP | Telegraph]