Diana, Princess of Wales, had one of the most iconic wardrobes in history, with so many of her outfits admired, dissected and talked-about.
Her ‘Travolta’ dress moment may be one of her most memorable ever, and the gown has just been sold at auction for $290,000 (about £220,000). It was purchased by The Historical Royal Palaces, while means it’s likely to go on display as part of a future exhibition.
Designed by Victor Edelstein, the dress became famous after a photographer captured the princess wearing it while dancing with John Travolta at the White House in 1985.
Diana’s navy velvet dress was sold by Kerry Taylor Auctions and was expected to sell for around $450,000, (around £335,400) but The Historical Royal Palaces bought it for far less than the predicted price.
The charity hopes to exhibit the dress in its Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection after specialists conserved the garment.
Curator Eleri Lynn touched on how the princess influenced contemporary fashion: “Diana has become a fashion icon in the same way as Jackie Kennedy or Audrey Hepburn – timeless, elegant, and still so relevant.”
“She helped popularise the romantic look in the early ‘80s, the fabulously glamorous ‘Dynasty’ look in the late ‘80s, and the sleek silhouettes of the ‘90s. Each of these looks reappears on the catwalk from time to time, and are inseparable from Diana.”
She continued: “So many designers have spoken to me about Diana’s incredible charisma and presence. Even designers who had many years’ experience of dressing celebrities and royalty talked about how Diana had the ability to make them feel as if they were walking on air. I think Diana’s real triumph in fashion was that she rose above it, so that by the end, all you saw was her.”
From Harper’s Bazaar UK