Princess Diana’s Iconic Catherine Walker Cocktail Dress, Worn at a 1985 Private Function, Hits Auction for $200,000 in Julien’s Celebrity Fashion Sale

Princess Diana’s Iconic Catherine Walker Cocktail Dress, Worn at a 1985 Private Function, Hits Auction for $200,000 in Julien’s Celebrity Fashion Sale

Royal Elegance on Auction

A captivating cocktail dress crafted for Princess Diana by renowned designer Catherine Walker is now available for purchase at a staggering $200,000.

This exquisite gown takes center stage in Julien’s Auctions’ celebrity fashion sale, held in Los Angeles, California.

Catherine Walker’s Distinguished Design

The black silk velvet dress, designed by Catherine Walker, was worn by Princess Diana at a private function in 1985.

Known for her affinity towards off-the-shoulder necklines, this Walker creation features ivory satin accents, a princess-seamed bodice, and a knee-length hem adorned with ‘zebra-like’ black and white stripes.

Princess Diana’s Fashion Legacy

Princess Diana, a fashion icon, had a strong connection with Catherine Walker, with reports suggesting she wore around 1,000 of Walker’s designs.

The late princess was even buried in a black dress purchased from Walker shortly before her tragic deaOther Notable Pieces in the Auction

In addition to Princess Diana’s iconic dress, the auction also includes a Givenchy wool tweed sleeveless dress worn by Princess Grace of Monaco in 1961 and Sarah Jessica Parker’s Sex In The City opening credits tutu, crafted by Patricia Field in 1997.

Insight into Diana’s Style

A spokesperson from Julien’s Auctions highlighted that Catherine Walker’s pieces were chosen by Diana for their dignified aesthetics and elegance.

Walker’s made-to-order label allowed for a close collaboration that defined Princess Diana’s signature style, solidifying her status as a fashion icon.

Recent Record-Breaking Sale

This auction follows a recent record-breaking sale where a Princess Diana dress from 1985, featuring shoulder pads, a blue organza skirt, and a large blue bow, was sold for a staggering £904,262 at Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood.

The dress, created by Jacques Azagury, is now the most expensive dress worn by Diana sold at auction.

Collector’s Item Details

The Jacques Azagury gown, featuring a black velvet bodice with embroidered stars and a two-tier royal blue organza skirt, was constructed with fabric chosen by renowned textile merchant Jakob Schlaepher.

The ballerina skirt paid homage to Diana’s patronage of the English National Ballet and her love of dance.

Diana’s Connection with Azagury

Diana wore several dresses and gowns by Jacques Azagury, including an ice blue silk georgette minidress to the Royal Albert Hall in 1997.

The recent auctioned dress, with 19 bids, remains anonymous in terms of the buyer’s identity, sparking curiosity about the mysterious Princess Diana superfan.

Proceeds for a Noble Cause

All proceeds from the sale of this collector’s item will go to the New York Historical Society, adding a charitable dimension to the auction.

Princess Diana’s enduring influence on fashion continues to captivate enthusiasts and collectors alike.

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