The embellished Gianni Versace gown worn by Princess Diana, above, in a 1991 photo shoot by her official photographer Patrick Demarchelier. The images of Diana wearing the gown were used on the cover of the November 1997 “Harper’s Bazaar Diana A Tribute to a Princess” issue and in “Diana: The Portrait” by Rosalind Coward. The figure-hugging shimmering blue-green silk gown with a décolletage neckline is embellished with gold tone studs and pyramids, and encased faceted glass in shades of blue topaz, aqua marine, and white in a geometric and swirled motif. The interior is silk lined with hand finishing and an Atelier Versace label. Atelier Versace is the Haute Couture line of The House of Versace and indicates one-of-a-kind pieces. The gown was acquired directly from Versace as being worn by Princess Diana and was originally on a hanger that read “Lady Diana.” Reportedly this is the first gown Gianni Versace designed for Princess Diana. It was sold accompanied by a copy of the magazine.
The exquisite piece – which is thought to be the first dress Donatella’s brother Gianni Versace crafted for Diana – went up for auction on 26 June in Beverly Hills, California…with an eye-watering minimum price tag.
Bidders were invited to place offers starting at $30,000, but it was already estimated that it would sell for between $60,000 – $80,000. Diana’s Versace floor-sweeping maxi was sold by Julien’s Auctions, a company based in Beverly Hills that specialises in selling items from some biggest stars in history. And it’s not the first time the dress has been in the public eye since the death of Prince William and Harry’s mum in Paris on 31 August 1997.
It was displayed at the the Versace exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum back in 2002. The event celebrated the career of Gianni from 1946 – 1997.
Other Versace gowns famously worn by Princess Diana:
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Matt Harvey of Harvey & Sons Crab Dealers, shows Princess Diana a crab specimen on her visit to the new fish market at Newlyn, Cornwall, Thursday, June 30, 1988.
The Princess opened the present fish market near the 90m extension to the Mary Williams Pier which provided more facilities than the fishermen had ever been treated to before.
The building included a canopy on the quayside to provide shelter from sun and rain during fish landing operations, powered lift platforms to assist in loading fish out of the market and an exclusive area for the maintenance of fishing nets.
Trawl Quay, Newlyn c.1906
The history of the trade in Newlyn started before the first fish market was built when fish sales took place on the beach as seen above. Some of the catch would go straight to the station at Penzance, where it would be transported to London and other centres. Other buyers at the early fish stalls would have been the smaller traders, the fishwives, and jousters who hawked the fish around the villages.
In 1888 things started to change and the sale of fish was moved up from the beach to space at the landward end of the new North Pier by the Admiralty boathouse. This space was not enclosed and was supposed to be a temporary measure awaiting the construction of a more sophisticated trawl fish quay, fish market and jetty, with a roadway on the reclaimed area behind.
But the cost of this scheme was high and several years passed before the people in favour of the idea got their way. Work on the building began in 1907 and was fully completed in February 1908. It would be another 80 years before the position of the market changed again.
The same day, the Princess visited Truro and opened the new Truro Renal Dialysis Unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske. Patients were first dialysed there in 1988 after the opening.