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“PRINCESS DIANA'S ELEGANCE & A ROYAL COLLECTION” PREVIEW OPEN FOR BIDDING

THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ROYAL FASHION EVENT OF THE YEAR

May 20, 2024

A Regalia Featuring the Largest Collection of Princess Diana’s Most Famous and Photographed Gowns, Suits, Shoes, Handbags and Accessories Since Historic 1997 Auction 

Plus, Historic Fashions from The Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson, Queen Victoria, The Duke of Windsor and More

Private Exhibition at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York Opens Today

New York, NY – (May 20th, 2024) – Julien’s Auctions opened today “PRINCESS DIANA'S ELEGANCE & A ROYAL COLLECTION” the industry-leading Hollywood auction house’s highly anticipated auction event celebrating the timeless style and cultural impact of HRH, Princess of Wales and the Royal monarchy taking place Thursday, June 27th live and online in Los Angeles at Julien’s Auctions. The auction featuring the largest collection of Princess Diana’s most famous and glamorous gowns, suits, dresses, shoes, and handbags assembled since her historic 1997 charity auction at Christie’s worn in her most photographed and famous fashion statement making moments from her international philanthropic missions to royal tours and appearances opened today for pre-bidding in conjunction with an exclusive private exhibition opening at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel.

The collection of over 50 items featuring many of her favorite British designers whom she championed, Catherine Walker, Victor Edelstein, Caroline Charles, and Murray Arbeid, and the exquisite designs they created for her that cemented her status as an eternal style icon during her remarkable reign as the beloved People’s Princess will be feted along with historic garments from Royal Fashion trend setters who came before her, The Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson, The Duke of Windsor and Queen Victoria.

A Caroline Charles dark purple cotton velvet evening gown with a demure neckline and small v-cut at the bust (estimate: $100,000- $200,000) belonging to Princess Diana has been added to the auction. The wide neckline extends off the shoulder, a neckline Princess Diana often wore and preferred. Diana became a client of Caroline Charles in the early 1980s where she wore numerous plaid and velvet ensembles as well as the designer’s popular coat dresses. This gown joins the previously announced collection of fashions worn by the Princess of Wales in her most famous photographs including her Murray Arbeid midnight blue strapless tulle diamante star gown worn to the 1986 Phantom of the Opera premiere (estimate: $200,000-$400,000), Catherine Walker’s two piece suit worn by Diana during her 1989 Hong Kong visit (estimate: $30,000- $50,000) and pink floral “The Chelsea Design Company” dress worn by the Princess in 1988, 1991 and 1992 in London (estimate: $100,000-$200,000), and Victor Edelstein magenta silk and lace flamenco style evening dress worn in 1987.

Diana’s most head turning and boldest shoes and accessories from ‘80s designer deities, Salvatore Ferragamo, Charles Jourdan, Rayne, Philip Somerville, and others will also be featured including (each estimate range: $2,000-$4,000): her Ferragamo violet leather pumps seen photographed wearing while visiting Seville, Spain in 1992 and Ferragamo black suede heels seen photographed wearing in 1994 at the Hilton Hotel in London for a charity luncheon for Headway National Head Injuries Association; a Charles Jourdan black patent leather convertible handbag she carried in 1989 to a charity event for The British Lung Foundation and also seen photographed holding in 1990 at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst; a burgundy Charles Jourdan leather convertible handbag Diana was seen photographed with while attending an event for St. Christopher’s Fellowship Project for Homeless Young People at Ealing Hospital in London in 1992 (each estimate: $2,000-$4,000); and more.

A floor-length cotton velvet evening gown with a demure neckline and small v-cut at the bust. The wide neckline extends off the shoulder, a neckline Princess Diana often wore and preferred. The design is statuesque with a fitted boned bodice that remains fitted at the hips with the skirt going into an a-line shape past the the hips. Charles's signature accent of silk rope piping is featured at the neckline, another luxury of this gown is that it is lined with a matching purple fabric. The dress has a Caroline Charles label and is marked a UK size 12 with a hidden zip closure that goes up the back of the gown.

Princess Diana became a client of Caroline Charles in the early 1980s where she wore numerous plaid and velvet ensembles as well as the designer's popular coat dresses. The designer began her career working with Mary Quant in the 60s and went on to start her label in 1963.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will benefit Muscular Dystrophy UK.

A pair of Salvatore Ferragamo violet leather pumps belonging to Princess Diana. Diana was photographed in these shoes while visiting Seville, Spain on May 21, 1992.

A pair of violet leather Ferragamo round-toe pumps. The pumps are lined with beige leather with a gold-tone brand stamped on the interior sole. The outer sole is a natural cured leather, marked a size 39 1/2.

Princess Diana paired the jeweled tone purple pumps with her floral Belville Sassoon blue silk day dress, which she wore for numerous occasions. It was documented that she wore the dress a total of 12 times for events and appearances.

Princess Diana frequently accessorized her 90s suits with Ferragamo shoes and handbags, especially Ferragamo's Gancini clutch with a gold chain-link handle.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will benefit Muscular Dystrophy UK.

A Princess Diana pink floral silk shirt dress designed by Catherine Walker for her clothing label "The Chelsea Design Company." Princess Diana was photographed wearing the dress at Prince William's Wetherby School Sports Day at Richmond Stadium on June 21, 1988; on August 22, 1991, leaving St. Mary's Hospital in London, and in 1992 leaving Prince Harry's school in Notting Hill.

A pink floral bias cut shirt dress composed of silk designed by Catherine Walker for The Chelsea Design Company. The dress features a folder-over collar, three-quarter-length sleeves with folded cuffs, and fabric-covered buttons that run from the bodice to the hem. There are two wide belt loops at the sides of the waist (belt not included) to emphasize the waistline. The impressionist floral pattern features soft and dark pink carnation-like blooms with green leaves. The bodice of the dress blousons for a baggy fit; then at the waist, the dress cinches in and goes into a circle skirt with a wide hem. The dress also features two diagonal cut pockets at the hips. There is a label sewn at the interior collar that reads, "The Chelsea Design Co. Ltd" with Sydney Street Chelsea London, Made in England, underneath.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will benefit Muscular Dystrophy UK.

A Charles Jourdan black patent leather convertible handbag belonging to Princess Diana. Princess Diana was photographed with the purse on September 14, 1989, in London at a charity event for The British Lung Foundation, which she was a patron of as Princess of Wales. Princess Diana was also photographed holding this bag in December 1990 at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.

The black patent leather bag is a convertible clutch and crossbody designed by Charles Jourdan, Paris. The bag features a flap closure with a gold-tone magnetic snap. There is a raised CJ designer monogram at the snap closure. The interior is lined with matte black leather, a zip compartment at the back, and a gold-tone designer nameplate reading, "Charles Jourdan Paris, Made in Spain."

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will benefit Muscular Dystrophy UK.

A navy blue silk velvet cocktail dress belonging to Princess Diana designed by Catherine Walker for her clothing label The Chelsea Design Company. Walker's label The Chelsea Design Co. started in 1982 until 1988 when the label changed to Walker's name.

A long-sleeve navy blue silk velvet cocktail dress with a high neckline. The dress is fully lined in black silk with a Catherine Walker Chelsea Design Co. label sewn at the interior neckline. The dress has a blind zip closure at the back of the dress in addition to zip closures at each sleeve wrist for a close fit.

A teal and white straw wide brim hat with bow, designed by Philip Somerville, owned by Princess Diana. Diana was photographed wearing this hat in March 1989 while at Victoria Station in London with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to welcome a state delegation from Nigeria.

The Philip Somerville hat is teal with white accents composed of straw with cotton stripe jacquard band, bow, and trim. The hat has a round dome, a band gathered at the crown, and the bow is fixed at the back. The turned-up wide brim measures five inches at the front and sides while the back has a round shape notch that goes up to the crown base. Diana wore this hat with her teal, white, polka-dot patterned single-breasted blazer dress designed by Catherine Walker.

Additional highlights include: other style pieces designed by Catherine Walker for her label The Chelsea Design Company such as a cream wool pleated mid-length skirt worn by Princess Diana and seen photographed wearing on December 14, 1983, at Kensington Palace with then Prince Charles and Prince William and arriving at Aberdeen Airport in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 14th March 1986 and a navy blue silk velvet cocktail dress belonging to Princess Diana (each estimate: $10,000- $20,000); a navy blue Victor Edelstein silk blouse worn by Princess Diana and seen photographed wearing in 1988, in Barnet, London, and December 23, 1990, in Sandringham (estimate: $6,000-$8,000); a Philip Sommerville teal and white straw wide brim hat with bow the Princess wore and was seen photographed wearing in March 1989 while at Victoria Station in London with Queen Elizabeth I1 and Prince Charles to welcome a state delegation from Nigeria (estimate: $1,000-$2,000); a custom-made Princess Diana revival gown by Palmer//Harding based on Diana’s 1985 black velvet and lace trim Catherine Walker gown. This gown is a continuation of Diana’s style narrative with a contemporary design by awardwinning British Designers Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding, who founded their label in 2011 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a signed Jacques Azagury design illustration for his 1995 black evening gown design made for Princess Diana, who wore the gown in London on November 20, 1995, and in New York, on December 11, 1995, to accept the UCP Humanitarian of the Year Award at the 41st annual United Cerebral Palsy Awards gala. To commemorate Julien’s sale of Princess Diana’s collection and its exhibition at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, Azagury drafted a sketch of one his gowns Diana wore when she stayed at the famous luxury hotel in December 1995 (estimate: $1,000-$2,000); an ivory-colored cotton 19th century night gown with lace trim belonging to Queen Victoria, the second longest reigning British monarch who reigned for 63 years from 1837 to 1901 (estimate: $1,000- $2,000); a Spring/Summer 1961 Marc Bohan for Christian Dior Haute Couture lavender evening gown with matching Roger Vivier court shoes and a Spring/Summer 1967 Marc Bohan for Christian Dior Haute Couture dress and cape ensemble belonging to Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor (each estimate: $4,000-$6,000); a piece of wedding lace from Queen Alexandra's 1863 wedding bouquet (estimate: $100-$200); a Hawes & Curtis white dress shirt (estimate: $600-$800), monogram brown and black leather spectacle cases (each estimate: $300-$500), a 1952 Master's Tournament cap and pair of suede golfing cleats (estimate: $600-$800), a woven cotton handkerchief monogrammed with the imperial cipher King Edward VIII from 1936 before he abdicated in December of the same year (estimate: $600-$800) and more belonging to The Duke of Windsor, who was king for 326 days, one of the shortest reigning monarchs to date.

Since April, this exquisite collection has toured around the world beginning at Hong Kong’s K11 MUSEA which saw a record number of more than 8,000 fans visiting the showcase and at a private exhibition held at Rolls Royce. A private exhibition at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, Princess Diana’s favorite hotel in New York, where she was famously photographed at during her stays and became part of the hotel’s storied history of celebrity clientele in her legendary elevator ride at The Carlyle shared with Michael Jackson and Steve Jobs when she sang “Beat It” to break the silence–opened today May 20th with its final stop in Europe taking place June 4th through June 17th for its exhibition at The Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland.

A cream-colored wool pleated midlength skirt owned by Princess Diana and designed by Catherine Walker for her clothing label The Chelsea Design Company. The images of Diana wearing this skirt appear to match photographs taken on December 14, 1983, at Kensington Palace with then Prince Charles and Prince William; Diana was photographed again in what appears wearing this skirt arriving at Aberdeen Airport in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 14th March 1986.

A low-waisted cream wool pleated skirt designed by Catherine Walker for her clothing label Chelsea Design Co., located on Sydney Street in London. The skirt is lined with pearl-colored silk with a side button closure and blind snaps at the waist to hip. There is a Chelsea Design Co. label sewn at the interior waistband no size tag is present.

A navy blue silk blouse designed by Victor Edelstein belonging to Princess Diana. Images of Princess Diana wearing this blouse appear to match photographs taken on November 29, 1988, in Barnet, London, and December 23, 1990, in Sandringham.

A navy silk button-up blouse with lavalier designed by Victor Edelstein. The blouse features a square pleat placket with a hidden button-up closure. Other design features include French cuffs and bishop-style sleeves that gather slightly at the shoulder for a slight lift. A Victor Edelstein label is sewn at the interior neckline with a garment content label sewn at the interior side seam reading, " 100% silk, Made in England."

A custom-made Princess Diana revival gown by Palmer//Harding based on Diana's 1985 black velvet and lace trim Catherine Walker gown. The contemporary design draws reference from Catherine Walker's Victorian-inspired pattern owned by Diana. This gown is a continuation of Diana's style narrative with a contemporary design by award-winning British Designers Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding, who founded their label in 2011.

An ivory-colored cotton 19th-century nightgown with lace trim belonging to Queen Victoria.

A mid-length cotton ivory-colored nightgown with a ruffle, and lace placket. Underneath the placket is an embroidered "VR" beneath a crown and numbered "36," edged with bobbin lace at the neckline, placket, and cuffs. The gown has gathering at the neckline and at the shoulders for added volume.

A Spring/Summer 1967 Marc Bohan for Christian Dior Haute Couture dress and cape ensemble belonging to Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor.

A Christian Dior Spring/Summer 1967 dress ensemble designed by Marc Bohan comprised of a dress, cape, and belt. A cream short-sleeve a-line dress with an inverted box pleat at the front of the skirt. The dress features a high-jewel neckline with cap sleeves and an Eclare zip closure at the back. The dress is paired with a brown wool button-up cape with a rounded fold-over collar and two patch pockets at the front. Accessorized with a wide brown vinyl belt. Both the dress and the cape have Christian Dior labels with serial numbers 135709 (for the dress) and 137805 (for the cape), with no size present.

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