Dec 2023

Princess Diana’s dress breaks fashion records

A dress worn by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1985 has been sold at auction for 11 times its estimated price.

The black, ballerina-length velvet evening dress was sold at Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood for a total of $1,148,080 (£904,262).

It has broken a new fashion record as the most expensive dress, worn by Diana, sold at auction.

The gown, which came with a matching illustration, was estimated to sell for $100,000 (£78,776).

It features shoulder pads, a blue organza skirt, a large bow, and a sash.

Diana first wore the dress in Florence, Italy in 1985 at a dinner while on a royal tour with her then-husband Charles, Prince of Wales, and again to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 1986.

The collector’s item was constructed with fabric chosen by world-renowned textile merchant Jakob Schlaepfer and featured metallic embroidered stars carefully threaded by the design team at Jacques Azagury. (