Kerry Taylor Auction House in London will sell Two Princess Diana Outfits 14 June 2016

Kerry Taylor Auctions to sell two Princess Diana outfits!

A Catherine Walker sea-green sequined evening gown, worn for the State visit to Austria in 1986 (lot 210) and an Emanuel teal-blue tartan ensemble worn on an official visit to Italy with Prince Charles in 1985 (lot 208).  The auction will take place in London on 14 June 2016.

Auction: Tuesday June 14th
11am: Session I, lots 1 to 196
3pm: Session II, lots 197 to end of sale

Venue: 249-253 Long Lane, Bermondsey, London, SE1 4PR

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PRINCESS DIANA’S ICONIC BOTTLE GREEN VELVET GOWN STARS IN A NEW KENSINGTON PALACE EXHIBITION!

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An iconic bottle green velvet evening dress worn by Princess Diana is set to become one of the stars of new fashion exhibition at Kensington Palace.

The late princess wore the distinctive sleeveless gown by one of her favourite designers, Catherine Walker, for a photoshoot with Mario Testino.

The striking series of images was commissioned to support the sale of the princess’s dresses at Christies for charity in June 1997, just weeks before her untimely death.

Next month it will go on show at the royal palace she once called home and is now lived in by her sons, Princes William and Harry.
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The striking Catherine Walker gown, above, with gold rope braid trim at neckline and shoulder worn by Princess Diana will be on display.

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A Norman Rugal fur stole, above, created for Princess Margaret in the 1950’s will ve on display as well.

From the ‘New Look’ glamour of Princess Margaret in the 1950s, the elegance of HM The Queen in the 1960s and 1970s, and the tailored drama of outfits created for Diana, Princess of Wales in the early 1990s, the display will continue to explore how these women navigated the fashion ‘rules’ defined by their royal duties in unique style.

As the Queen’s younger sister, Princess Margaret experimented with fashion, and in the 1950s patronised the Paris couturiers to create a distinctive high-glamour silhouette.

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Being among the first to embrace Christian Dior’s full skirted New Look – in stark contrast to the frugal fashions of post-war rationing – the princess’s bold outfit choices were imitated the world over.

imageAn exquisite late 1940s candy striped dress created for Margaret by royal couturier Norman Hartnell in the Paris style will go on display at Kensington Palace for the first time, alongside silk scarves and sunglasses, below, worn by Princess Margaret,

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from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, revealing the discerning eye for quality and high fashion considerations of this thoroughly modern princess.

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By contrast, the richly decorated wardrobe created for The Queen, above, in the 1960s and 1970s by stalwarts of British couture such as Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies showcase a continuing royal trend of diplomatic dressing, rendered elegantly across the finest silks, duchesse satins and patterned organza suitable for even the warmest of foreign tours.

imageThe stunning outfits on display include formal dresses created for state visits to France and the Middle East, and for engagements as diverse as an investiture in Pakistan and a world film premiere in London’s Leicester Square.

imageFrom a much-copied tartan and black velvet evening gown designed for an evening of Scottish dancing at Balmoral, to the double-breasted styling of a bottle green silk velvet halterneck worn privately by the princess – and later made famous by Mario Testino’s iconic photographs commissioned to support the sale of her dresses at Christies –the display will explore how Diana’s wardrobe had the power to set trends both at home and abroad, and represented a truly modern royal style.

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The dresses on show have either been lent by the Royal Family or acquired by HRP, the independent charity that looks after the country’s major royal residences.

 
Most of these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation and are managed by HRP, which relies on private funding and the most raised by visitors. The forthcoming fashion exhibition, which opens on February 11, is sponsored by Estée Lauder Companies.

 

Libby Thompson, Historic Royal Palaces curator, said: ‘Fashion Rules has proved popular with our visitors, and we’re delighted to be able to expand on this theme to celebrate the style evolution of three iconic modern royal women. The new display will delve even deeper into the royal wardrobe, revealing some real surprises that I hope will challenge the way we think of royal style.’
Rebecca English for http://www.dailymail.co.uk
For further details on the exhibit: http://www.hrp.org.uk.

 

15 JUNE 1983 PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS DIANA ON TOUR IN CANADA AT THE STATE DINNER WITH PRIME MINISTER PIERRE TRUDEAU IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

15 JUNE 1983 PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS DIANA ON TOUR IN CANADA AT THE STATE DINNER WITH PRIME MINISTER PIERRE TRUDEAU IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

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June 15, 1983: Princess Diana and Prince Charles at a State Dinner hosted by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau at the Hotel Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Day 2 of their 1983, seventeen day Tour of the Maritime Provinces in Canada.  Her pale yellow silk chiffon evening gown was designed by Gina Fratini.
imageDiana visited Canada three times on royal tours and one gentleman saw as much of her as any other Canadian, it can be argued. Today he treasures the images.
imageA photojournalist in Canada for more than four decades, mostly with the Toronto Star, Boris Spremo has snapped shots of presidents, prime ministers and one very special Princess, Diana.
imageBut Spremo’s lens adored Diana, who had a way of averting a direct gaze, instead “peaking at you” in an almost mysterious way, he explained in a recent interview.
imageThe one shot he took of the princess that is a favourite found her on the steps of Alberta’s Legislature Building, shown above and below, when she visited Edmonton during the World University Games in 1983.
imageBut it was in 1983 that Spremo got to meet – and flirt with – the princess during an off-the-record reception for journalists at the governor general’s residence, Rideau Hall, in Ottawa.
image“She was very bubbly, friendly and good looking,” recalled Spremo, who lives in Toronto.

“She asked me, ‘What is your accent?’” – and the photographer asked her to “play a game” to guess the country of his birth.  He gave her three tries and if she failed, she would have to give him a peck on the cheek. After he told her his name, Diana tried Norway, Germany – at which point Spremo offered to help.
image“It’s in southern middle Europe,” he offered. “She said, ‘Italy,’ and I said, ‘No, so you owe me,’ and she laughed it off.”
imageSo Diana called on Charles to help. “He asked me, ‘What’s your name?’ and I said ‘Boris’ and just like that he [correctly] said ‘You’re from Yugoslavia,'” said Spremo, who was born in what is now Croatia.
imageDuring that royal tour, he photographed the State Dinner held in Halifax in honour of the couple’s first official visit to Canada and hosted by then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau – his favourite subject to shoot with a camera.
imageTwenty-four years later, Spremo will never forget being enchanted by the world’s most photographed woman. “She still owes me that kiss.”
imageThe arrival, though, of Charles and Diana in Halifax on June 14, 1983 for a 17-day royal tour revitalized Canadian attitudes toward the monarchy. The royal couple were already well known to Canadians from the publicity surrounding their 1981 wedding and the 1982 birth of their son, William, and the public was eager to see them in person. imageFrom her first day in Canada, Diana demonstrated her own approach to the classic royal walkabout.
imageDiana celebrated her 22nd birthday in Canada on that trip and Prince William’s 1st birthday was on June 21, 1983.  Diana was given many gifts for him including a minature deer skin suit and a small canoe. Prince Charles is quoted as saying that his son could use the canoe in his bath!
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5 JUNE 1985 PRINCESS DIANA VISITS THE INTERNATIONAL DEAF YOUTH RALLY, UWC ATLANTIC COLLEGE, SOUTH GLAMORGAN, WALES

5 JUNE 1985 PRINCESS DIANA VISITS THE INTERNATIONAL DEAF YOUTH RALLY, UWC ATLANTIC COLLEGE, SOUTH GLAMORGAN, WALES

imageLocated in the 12th Century St Donat’s Castle in the Wales, United World College Atlantic College is the founding college of the UWC global education movement and international residential school. Each year, 350 students aged 16-19 from over 90 different countries benefit from a world-class International Baccalaureate (IB) educational experience. It offers one of the most comprehensive scholarship programmes at pre-university level.

UWC Atlantic College, St. Donat's Castle

UWC Atlantic College, St. Donat’s Castle

Since its opening, over 7500 students from over 100 countries have benefited from the inspiring and innovative educational experience promoted at Atlantic College.
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The college has also continued its tradition of famous visitors including HM Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Lady Diana, The Emperor of Japan, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Rhys Ifans and most recently the new Dr Who, Matt Smith!
imagePrincess Diana visited the International Deaf Youth Rally held at the college on June 5, 1985 in her role as Patron of the British Deaf Association. In the video clip below you can see her using her sign language skills that she was at the time just learning. She was brightly attired in a red coat by Jan Van Velden with matching hat, polka dot dress and shoes. The Princess is seen in several photos that day with her then detective, Sgt. Barry Mannakee, at her side.  He died in a car accident in 1987.

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