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photo LEFT: Detail of pink wild silk dress with embroidered bolero by Catherine Walker (1992). The dress was worn during a visit to India.
RIGHT: Ink blue silk velvet "Travolta" dress by Victor Edelstein (1995). The dress was worn at a state dinner in the White House, where Princess Diana danced with John Travolta. It fetched $225,000 at a charity auction. photo

Diana, Princess of Wales Dress Collection

In the years following her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981, Princess Diana was the most celebrated model of British clothing since Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy. She commissioned scores of elegant dresses by designers such as Catherine Walker and Victor Edelstein, wearing them at events that ranged from London movie premieres to official tours of the Commonwealth.

In 1997, just months before her death, Princess Diana had 79 of her dresses auctioned by Christie's to raise money for humanitarian causes. Fourteen of the dresses were acquired by philanthropist Maureen Rorech Dunkel of Tampa, Florida, who sent them on a worldwide "Dresses for Humanity" fundraising tour. The dresses are now on permanent display in Kensington Palace.

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