Di’s dress sells for £192,000
THE sartorial experiments of most teenage girls are best forgotten.
But yesterday, the daring black dress that Princess Diana wore for her first official engagement as the fiancee of Prince Charles, sold for a staggering £192,000 at auction. The Emanuel gown – which was thought by 19-year-old Diana to be the epitome of grown-up glamour, but horrified staid palace courtiers – was snapped up by a fashion museum in Chile for almost quadruple its estimated value. The £517.20 dress, pictured right, was worn by the then Lady Diana Spencer to a charity ball at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall in March 1981. It was rumoured that Diana had destroyed the dress – which had a bust size of 34 inches and a waist of 26 inches – because her future in-laws were so shocked by it. In reality, she only returned it to the Emanuels to be altered when she lost weight. It was one of 30 lots put up for sale by designers and ex-partners David and Elizabeth at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London yesterday, which netted a total of £282,720.