It’s not often that a dress appears on the market that causes tonnes of interest and the attention of wealthy collectors and museums, nonetheless on the 8th June Kerry Taylor Auctions will be selling the black taffeta Emanuel gown that was worn by 19-year-old Diana Spencer on her first official appearance with fiancé, Prince Charles.
The gown, which is estimated at £50,000, caused uproar in the British press, the day after Diana stepped out in the dress headlines “Daring Di sets fashion as she takes the plunge’. The young princess-to-be thought the black dress to be ‘elegant’ and ‘grown-up’, however the choice was considered inappropriate by the Royal family, who only bring out their black garments in the case of a funeral.
Left: The Emanuel black taffeta gown Diana wore on her first engagement appearance. Right Above: Lady Diana in the chiffon blouse she wore for her engagement portrait in 1980. Right Below: Emanuel’s original design sketch for Diana’s royal wedding gown.
The sale also features a blouse worn by Diana in her first engagement portrait taken by lord Snowdon, the original sketches of her wedding dress and other significant creations by married design duo David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who were instrumental in moulding the young princess’s interest in fashion.
The sale takes place on June 8 at Kerry Taylor Auctions. For more information visit www.kerrytaylorauctions.com
Photos: Richard Young, Gatty Images/Tim Graham, Camera Press, Emanuel Archive, PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images.