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New Diana dress auction – rarely seen pieces!

Every year seems to bring a new slew of auctions selling the dresses of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. This year has seen Kerry Taylor auctions selling a range of  dresses once belonging to the style icon, including a copy of the famous revenge dress.

June will see an auction in Toronto, Canada of many dresses that once belonged to Diana. There are some much-loved dresses up for grabs, including the famous blue velvet White House dress  by Victor Edelstein she wore as John Travolta spun her around the dance floor in 1985. There are also a range of Catherine Walker dresses, including a asymmetrical pink sequined gown wore on a trip to Brazil.

But what is most exciting about this auction is that there are some lesser known dresses going under the hammer. There are the Catherine Walker gowns that Diana wore for her photo shoot with Mario Testino for Vanity Fair in 1997, just weeks before her death. These beautiful dresses are known to me only from their top half, it is fabulous to see them in their full length glory.

I also love the sneaky glimpse of the private Diana in the Catherine Walker braided one sleeved dress, that  Diana wore on the Royal Yacht Britannia, often barefoot, showing Diana was ahead of the Maxi dress trend by about 15 years.

The dresses come up for auction at Waddingtons Auction house, Toronto on the 23rd June at 7.30pm.

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