Kensington Palace, London
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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.
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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