Designer for a Princess: Yuki Torimaru

Princess Diana also wore the gown to a Gala Premiere at the London Coliseum in 1990.  A Yuki Japanese Designed Mid Blue Evening Dress.


Princess Diana wearing his stunning sapphire blue silk gown on a visit to Japan for a dinner with Emperor Hirohito in May 1986


Yuki Torimaru may not be as familiar as Zandra Rhodes or John Galliano, but since he settled in London in 1959 he has made a discreet and powerful influence on high-end couture – even having a retrospective at the V&A in 1973.
YUKI WAS A LITTLE KNOWN, BRITISH BORN DESIGNER IN LONDON WHEN THE PRINCESS ASKED HIM TO DO A FEW SKETCHES FOR HER UPCOMING TRIP TO JAPAN.

Prince Charles wears a black tuxedo and Princess Diana wears an elegant blue gown with a matching headband during a visit to Japan.  Stylist Yuki prepared Princess Diana for the evening out. May 12, 1986 in Japan

THE ROYAL BLUE SILK WITH UNCRUSHABLE FORTUNY PLEATS AND BUGLE BEAD PANELS AT WAIST AND YOKE MADE A BOLD STATEMENT AS SHE STEPPED OUT OF THE CAR THAT EVENING. DIANA WORE IT WITH HER SAPPHIRE HEADBAND WHICH AT THE TIME CREATED A FASHION STIR IN THE MEDIA AND FASHION WORLD.
CLOSEUP OF THE MATERIAL WITH BUGLE BEADED DETAIL AND YUKI’S SKETCH OF THE DRESS ARE BELOW AS ARE OTHER CONCEPT DRAWINGS HE DID FOR PRINCESS DIANA.