Princess Diana’s Iconic Dress Hits the Auction Block – A Royal Fashion Connection Unveiled

Princess Diana’s timeless red carpet looks continue to captivate fashion enthusiasts as one of her statement dresses goes under the hammer.

The upcoming “Legends: Hollywood & Royalty” auction by Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies is set to showcase over 1,400 items, including three garments once adorned by the beloved princess.

Among them, two dresses were crafted by Catherine Walker, the renowned designer also favored by Kate Middleton, the current Princess of Wales.

However, the showstopper of the collection is a scarlet silk gown with short sleeves and exquisite ruching by designer Bruce Oldfield.

Princess Diana famously wore this stunning piece in November 1991 at the premiere of the film Hot Shots! With her signature grace, she completed the look with a red clutch and pearl jewels, making a lasting impression on the red carpet.

The auction’s star attraction, this historic dress, is estimated to fetch a remarkable $200,000 to $400,000, a testament to Princess Diana’s enduring fashion legacy.

Bruce Oldfield, who designed several of her iconic ensembles, reminisced about his early encounters with the princess and her gradual appreciation for fashion.

Despite challenges in defining her style, she eventually grew to enjoy it, and Oldfield became her go-to designer for a wide range of events.

Interestingly, Princess Diana’s favorite designer found a new royal client in Camilla after parting ways with Oldfield due to her separation from Prince Charles.

Designing her outfits for prestigious events, including the State Opening of Parliament and the premiere of the James Bond film No Time to Die, Oldfield’s regal touch continued to leave a mark.

The fashion connection doesn’t end there. Queen Camilla’s recent coronation dress, designed by Oldfield, showcased a beautiful blend of tradition and personal touches.

The gown featured abstract garlands of wildflowers symbolizing her and King Charles’ love for nature, along with floral emblems representing the United Kingdom.

Personal elements like Camilla’s royal cipher and the names of her children and grandchildren made this gown truly unique.

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