Princess Diana’s Jasper Conran brushed red wool suit, 1984. labelled, the loose single breasted jacket with gilt buttons cast with anchors, round neck, gathers to shoulders, the matching skirt with four kick-pleats to the front, chest 97cm, 38in, skirt waist 71cm, 28in (2) Provenance: From the same vendor as lots 21 and 22. The Princess wore this striking scarlet ensemble for the official naming/launch ceremony of the P&O cruise liner ‘Royal Princess’, christened in her honour, on 5th November 1984. She accessorised it with a jaunty red felt beret with black headband, black blouse with bow ties, black tights, leather clutch and shoes. The Princess chose to wear it again 22nd February 1985, on a visit to Cirencester Police Station, Gloucestershire. This time she accessorised with a red felt boater, white blouse with wing collar and black bow-tie, red tights, black leather clutch and shoes. By changing the hat and blouse she managed to achieve a totally new look on each occasion. Mr Jasper Conran has confirmed that this ensemble was a one-off design, made exclusively for the Princess.
Princess Diana’s Elizabeth Emanuel navy and white damask silk ensemble, 1986. labelled ‘Emanuel Special’, the striped silk over-coat with padded shoulders, the bodice, full sleeves and skirt with box pleats, matching white Bianchini silk under-dress with camisole-like bodice, bust 86cm, 34in (2) Provenance: From the same vendor as lots 20 and 22. Worn in Bahrain on the Royal tour of the Gulf States, November 1986. Elizabeth Emanuel confirms that this was a unique design made only for the Princess. The original Emanuel fashion sketch shows this ensemble with a simple ribbon bow belt.
Princess Diana’s Catherine Walker printed peach silk polka dot coat-dress, 1988. bearing ‘Catherine Walker for Chelsea Design Co.’ label, double-breasted, of loose cut but with slimmer fitting skirt, padded shoulders, lined in white silk, bust 97cm, 38in, waist 76cm, 30in Provenance: From the same vendor as lots 20 and 21. Mr Said Ismail of Catherine Walker recalls making a special order of this dress for Princess Diana. By removing or changing jewellery or adding a hat, this versatile dress could be worn for both formal or semi-formal occasions. Princess Diana wore this dress on four public occasions: 13th June 1988, to attend the Order of the Garter ceremony with Prince Charles, accessorised with a peach sailor bonnet with rear bow and upturned brim and single strand pearl choker. 12th July 1988, to welcome President Evren of Turkey on a State Visit, with Prince Charles, accessorised with a peach sailor bonnet and double strand pearl choker. 12th July 1989, on a visit to The Freeman Hospital, and Percy Hedley School in Newcastle Upon Tyne, accessorised with a simple white clutch bag and court shoes. 15th May 1991, for an International Spinal Research Charity event at the Langham Hilton Hotel, London, with peach leather shoes..
Karl Lagerfeld fashion sketch for a Princess Diana gown, 1984. in gouache on paper, signed and annotated ‘Karl Lagerfeld ’84, ‘HRH the Princess of Wales, simple little blue jersey dress with draped hips by KL’, 34 by 26cm, 13 1/2 by 10 1/4in; together with xerox copies of the Woman’s Own article in which it was reproduced (3) Provenance: Presented as a gift to journalist Philippa Braidwood and also reproduced in an article for ‘Woman’s Own’, October 6th, 1984. Entitled ‘My Dream is to Dress Princess Diana’, in the interview he stated, ‘The Princess is so chic, and she such beautiful bones. I would like to see her dress less romantically, in tighter clothes, to look more aggressive. But, sadly, she must wear British clothes’..
Karl Lagerfeld fashion sketch for a Princess Diana gown, 1984. in gouache on paper, signed and annotated ‘Karl Lagerfeld ’84, ‘HRH the Princess of Wales, ‘right’ brown silk dress with golden ‘luminette’ embroideries. Very high neck-line’, in original Karl Lagerfeld studio envelope; together with press clippings showing the sketch reproduced (4) Provenance: Presented as a gift to journalist Philippa Braidwood and also reproduced in an article for ‘Woman’s Own’, October 6th, 1984, entitled ‘My Dream is to Dress Princess Diana’..