Unstoppable Results

"Unstoppable: Signature Styles of Iconic Women in Fashion" Hits the Auction Runway

January 31, 2024

Princess Diana's 1985 Catherine Walker Black Silk Velvet Cocktail Dress Sold for $325,000, Over Three Times its Original Estimate

Princess Grace's 1961 Givenchy Ensemble Worn to the White House to Meet President Kennedy Sold for $325,000

Sarah Jessica Parker's "Sex and The City" Opening Credits Tutu Sold for $52,000, Six and a Half Times its Original Estimate

Los Angeles, California - (January 18th, 2024) Kicking off the new year in high style, Julien's Auctions presented its headline making, "Unstoppable: Signature Styles of Iconic Women in Fashion" a front row seat to the ultimate fashion auction of some of the most beautiful and trendsetting designs of the decades that were worn by the most influential icons of the 20th and 21st century who captivated the world in garments created by the most legendary names and houses in couture fashion today Thursday, January 18th at Julien's Auctions.

Highlights from Unstoppable

(photo left to right: Elizabeth Taylor's Karl Lagerfeld caftan, Princess Diana's Catherine Walker dress, Princess Grace's Givenchy ensemble, Dior Galliano newsprint dress, tutu worn by Sarah Jessica Parker, Chanel ski suit and Paris Hilton's Louis Verdad dress)

Royal Fashion reigned supreme on the auction runway with one of Princess Diana's signature garments taking center stage. Her black silk velvet cocktail dress (estimate: $100,000-$200,000) created by one of the Princess of Wales's favorite designers and close collaborator Catherine Walker sold for $325,000, over three times its original estimate of $100,000. This dress that she wore to a private event features an off-the-shoulder neckline, a princess-seamed bodice with boning, and bias-cut ivory satin accents sewn at the neckline, cuffs, and hem. Julien's is the record holder for most expensive dress worn by Princess Diana sold at auction when their sale of her Jacques Azagury celestial dress sold last year for a world record $1.1 million at their "Hollywood Legends" auction with TCM.

From Great Britain to Monaco, another iconic Royal look made a grand showing on the auction runway that was worn by none other than Princess Grace, the Golden Age of Hollywood star and Academy Award-winning actress. Her 1961 Givenchy ensemble worn to the White House with husband Prince Rainier to meet President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy sold for $325,000 (original estimate: $250,000-$300,000). The ensemble consists of a "Kelly-green" wool, tweed sleeveless dress with a gathered skirt with an elbow-length sleeved tweed jacket worn with a white hat, which appears as flowers about to bloom.

One of the most famous fashion looks of all time and a pop culture symbol worn by television's most "Unstoppable" fashionista-Sarah Jessica Parker-and the three-tier tutu skirt worn in her iconic role of Carrie Bradshaw on the global phenomenon, Sex and the City turned heads once again when it sold for $52,000, six and a half times its original estimate of $8,000.

The oyster white tulle three-tier tutu skirt with a matching satin waistband worn by Parker in her Emmy award winning role in the opening credits of the HBO series during its entire run from 1997-2004 was originally found for five dollars in a bin in New York by the show's legendary costume designer Patricia Field. Parker's character was originally slated to wear a spring 1998 Marc Jacobs runway dress (seen on Kate Moss) in the opening credits, but Fields wanted to style her in something that wasn't specific to the time so it wouldn't date fashion-wise. This tutu is one of the original five tutu skirts used for the series opening credits and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Field.

Another recognizable Sex and the City design made a sensational appearance when John Galliano for Christian Dior's newsprint silk chiffon strapless gown with an asymmetrical ruffled flounce hemline hit the auction runway for $11,430 (estimate: $8,000 - $12,000).

This design print for Dior entered the pop zeitgeist as a coveted fashion must-have when Parker wore a similar version of the Dior Gazette newspaper printed bias-cut cocktail dress in the show's famous season 3 "Natasha" episode.

Highlights included

Audrey Hepburn's 1970 Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche dress worn to her son's christening sold for $13,000 (original estimate: $8,000-$10,000)

A wool knit hat with a Peruvian-inspired pattern with a frayed yarn Mohawk affixed to the top of the hat, designed by creative director John Galliano for Dior fall of 2002 sold for $7,800 (original estimate: $2,000-$3,000)

Whitney Houston's Burberry London cotton trench coat with metallic gold coating worn in her performance at the Mawazine Music Festival in Morocco in 2008 and at a Caudwell Children's Charity Meet & Greet sold for $4,550 (estimate: $3,000-$4,000)

A Chanel 2001 nylon ski suit in pale green with silver hardware and logo zipper pulls that was featured in cream in the Chanel Identification winter ad campaign sold for $7,800 (original estimate: $1,500-$2,000)

"This show stopping collection of exquisite garments adorned on the Royals, Princess Diana and Princess Grace of Monaco and the street wear style tutu worn on Hollywood icon Sarah Jessica Parker that made fashion statements at the time of their appearances are now a part of auction history," said Martin Nolan, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Julien's Auctions. "Today's auction's results amplify the value and collectability of these fashion looks that became some of the most iconic style moments of our time."

"Unstoppable" is the latest offering in Julien's specialized luxury fashion category launched out of Julien's two-decade history in the industry as the leading music and entertainment auction house, which have included some of the most iconic celebrity and couture fashions sold at auction. Julien's world record breaking sales of Marilyn Monroe's Happy Birthday Mr. President $4.2 million gown, the most expensive gown sold at auction, Kurt Cobain's Levi jeans (sold for $412,750, the most expensive pair of Levi's sold at auction), Michael Jackson's white glove (sold for $480,000, the most expensive glove ever sold at auction), Michael Jackson's jacket from "Thriller" for $1.8 million, and the recent sale of three of Princess Diana's event worn gowns sold for a total of $1.6 million, as well as the Collection of Bob Mackie, Olivia Newton-John's "Grease" ensemble, Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" and "Scream" wardrobe and other high profile celebrity worn fashion are just some of Julien's notable fashion sales.

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