Princess Diana Outfits Up for Auction in June 2019 at Kerry Taylor Auctions, London

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.

The Princess of Wales visiting the police station in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Princess Diana on a royal tour of the Gulf States – Nov 1986

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 with Prince Charles flankled either side by soldiers in ceremonial uniform
PRESIDENT OF TURKEY’S STATE VISIT TO BRITAIN – 1988

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..

Up For Auction: Princess Diana’s Ivory Silk Moss Emanuel Gown worn for The Gulf States Tour!

The rare Emanuel ivory silk moss crêpe evening gown, worn for an Official Visit to Bahrain on November, 16th, 1986.

Princess Diana’s couture and rare Emanuel ivory silk moss crêpe evening gown, worn for an Official visit to Bahrain, November, 16th, 1986. labelled Emanuel Special, the draped bodice panel, leg o’ mutton sleeves and cockade to one shoulder applied with floret’s formed from crystals, sequins and glass beads, embroidered by Hand & Lock (who also embroidered her bridal veil), bust 81-86cm, 32-34in; together with a letter from Elizabeth Emanuel confirming that this dress was a one-off, commissioned by Princess Diana for the 1986 Gulf tour, a six-day tour of the Arabian Gulf States in November 1986, when the Prince and Princess of Wales visited Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The Princess dressed modestly throughout in recognition of the culture and customs of their hosts, although she did not cover her head or neck.

Princess Diana was invited to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia’s palace, a rare honour for a woman, although she was not allowed to dine with the men. In Oman, the Sultan presented Diana with jewels and Prince Charles with an Aston Martin sports car. In Bahrain, ignoring protocols the Emir met the Royal couple from the plane himself and upon arrival at the palace, their path was strewn with jasmine flowers whilst young girls danced in their honour. In the afternoon they were taken for a trip on the Emir’s luxurious yacht. In the evening a lavish banquet was held where Princess Diana wore this sparkling ivory crepe gown, accessorised by the glittering Spencer tiara, diamond and pearl droplet earrings.

The Emir later re-counted with delight, a conversation with the Princess, who had asked him what he would think if his son were to marry a tall, blonde English woman? He replied that he would be very jealous!

For a film clip of the Princess wearing this dress see https://youtu.be/ZdU1nKqumhU

Provenance: Purchased by the vendor from the Chameleon second-hand shop in Hereford in 1994 where she worked as a part time assistant. She had intended to wear it to a hunt ball, but never did, and instead it remained unworn, packed away in a box and consequently is in excellent condition. It was only after seeing press footage in recent years that she realised the significance of the gown stored in her bedroom. She recalls that this fabulous dress was delivered to the shop along with a group of Princess Diana’s more mundane daywear and suits by the housekeeper of the nearby Mynde Park estate.

The chatelaine of Mynde Park was Caroline Twiston-Davies (née Habord-Hammon), a childhood friend of the Princess of Wales, who had married Audley Twiston-Davies of Mynde Park in February 1985 – a year before this dress was made. Princes Diana was a regular guest at the Estate, with a cottage in the grounds specially reserved for her use. In recognition of their long friendship Princess Diana became godmother to the Twiston-Davies’ daughter, Antonia.

For more information: Kerry Taylor Auctions, London, England.