Ever wonder what it would be like to have a gown whose previous owner was actually royalty? For a lucky (or rather, extremely wealthy) few, this became a reality when one of modern history’s most beloved icons had her dresses auctioned off. The event was held at London’s fashion auction house, Kerry Taylor, and included several gorgeous gowns from designers like Catherine Walker, Zandra Rhodes, Bruce Oldfield and Victor Edelstein.
Of course, this was not some simple in-person eBay auction where the highest bidder was somebody who had saved his or her spending money for a couple of months. In all actuality, each gown fetched an incredible amount of money, One Princess Diana dress, as a matter of fact, went for $360,000 — yes, really — and that particular dress is this one:
Diana wore the dress while dancing with John Travolta at the “White House in 1985 to the disco ball blue sequined dress she wore during a State visit to Austria in 1989.” Though I assume she did not later don a pencil skirt and syringe in her chest, one can only imagine this was the gist of their encounter:
But as if that wasn’t enough to make you feel terrible for not being able to purchase the aforementioned dress, check the rest of ‘em out. Considering they received a total of $1.2 million in total, I’d say they’re worth giving a glance or two, as well as some helpful info via NY Daily News.
A Catherine Walker dress worn for a State visit to Brazil in 1991.
A Zandra Rodes cocktail dress for a 1987 benefit in London.
A Catherine Walker gown worn while on a 1992 State visit to Korea.
A sparkly Catherine Walker worn while on a State visit to Austria in 1989.
Another Catherine Walker — this time, it was worn for a 1992 State visit to India.
A Catherine Walker gown worn for a Vanity Fair shoot at Kensington Palace in 1997.
A Victor Edelstein worn in 1985.
A Bruce Oldfield black velvet gown worn for a Lord Snowdon Portrait in 1985.
A scarlet Catherine Walker while on a State trip to Austria.
It’s clear why people would want to own such wonderful gowns, even apart from their beauty. Society is endlessly fascinated with sought-after public figures who died before their time, and Diana is one of the most case-in-point examples. “As a group, it’s fascinating to see the change from ingénue to style icon,” stated auctioneer Taylor. “You follow her life through clothes.”
Which is your favorite?
Photos: Getty Images, Pulp Fiction.