The story of Diana of Wales’s iconic purple dress that just went up for auction | Royalty | PEOPLE

One of the most remembered dresses of Diana of Wales It has just been auctioned off (again). The majestic purple evening dress, designed by Victor Edelstein in 1989 and worn several times by the princess of the royalty British during the 1990s, it sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $604,800, well above the auction house’s estimate before the sale.

The dress was part of the late Princess Diana’s charity auction of 79 dresses which collectively raised more than US$3.25 million for five of her favorite charities in 1997. At the time, the dress sold to a private bidder for $24,150.

According to Cynthia Houlton, Sotheby’s vice president and fashion director, the dress represents the fashion of the late 1980s, when it was designed, and the timeless qualities Diana was looking for in her wardrobe. But, what is the story behind this dress? Today in mag we tell you.

Diana’s purple dress

Edelstein, a London-born designer who trained at Dior’s London branch before launching his own line in 1977, started dressing Diana of Wales from the beginning during her time in the British royal family, including when she was pregnant with her first child: Prince William.

Edelstein’s designs for Princess Diana left out of some of their more traditional jobs, partly because of the connection that arose between the two. He told Colin McDowell that he was not used to pressing Diana with her own tastes, even though hers were very different. “They pushed her so much in her palace that she used to feel like I wasn’t going to push her too,” Edelstein said.

Although he custom designed many dresses for Diana, including the iconic midnight blue dress she wore to dance with John Travolta on his visit to the White House in 1985, the purple design is from his runway collection of fall 1989which was shown in July 1989, according to the Sunday Times.

In the summer of 1991, Diana wore the dress when she posed for her tenth official portrait, which was painted by Douglas Anderson. The painter then told Sally Bedell Smith that it was hard for him to avoid capturing her “horrible sadness” during your sessions. “I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown”he assured.

The value of the purple dress

When she decided to auction part of her wardrobe in early 1997, Diana had taken a new approach to dressing. But spent another day playing dress-up in old clothes. With photographer Mario Testino and writer Cathy Horyn, Diana posed for the July 1997 cover of Vanity Fair, where she checked out several of the dresses she loved, including the purple velvet dress.

The 1997 auction, two months before he was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris, brought in a total of $3.25 million. 26 years later, his legacy has only grown. than the dress sold for 25 times what it cost in 1997 is a proof of it.

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