Costume worn by Diana sells for record-breaking £900,000

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Costume worn by Diana sells for record-breaking £900,000

A night costume worn by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1985 has bought at a Hollywood public sale for nearly $1.15m – greater than 11 occasions its estimate and a report worth for one in every of her attire.

The black and blue ballerina-length velvet night costume by the Moroccan-British designer Jacques Azagury was bought at Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood for a complete of $1,148,080 (£907,000).

The Jacques Azagury ballerina-length night costume that was worn by Diana, Princess of Wales {Photograph}: Valérie Macon/AFP/Getty Photos

The garment, which Diana wore at a dinner at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence whereas on a royal tour together with her then husband, Charles, had been anticipated to promote for $100,000.

The outfit, which got here full with shoulder pads, a blue organza skirt, a big bow and a sash, is now by far the costliest costume worn by the late royal bought at public sale. The earlier report holder, a 1991 velvet robe by Victor Edelstein, fetched $604,800 in January.

The id of the client of the Azagury costume, which got here with an identical illustration, is unknown.

Diana wore the costume at a dinner hosted by the mayor of Florence in April 1985, and once more to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 1986. The ballerina skirt was thought-about, in keeping with the auctioneer, as a “nod to Diana’s love of dance and her being a patron of the English Nationwide Ballet”.

It was bought at an occasion on Sunday evening titled Julien’s Auctions and Turner Traditional Films Current: Hollywood Legends. {The catalogue} described it as a “lovely, romantic ballerina-length night costume”.

It mentioned: “With padded shoulder pads includes a black velvet bodice with embroidered stars in metallic thread made out of Jakob Schlaepfer material with a two-tier royal blue organza skirt with a sash and bow. Diana would put on quite a few attire and robes by Azagury, one in every of her favourites was an ice blue silk georgette minidress worn 3 June 1997 to Royal Albert Corridor for a efficiency of Swan Lake.”

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Azagury was launched to Diana within the 80s by the then British Vogue editor, Anna Harvey. “She mentioned, ‘Jacques I’ve somebody I’d such as you to fulfill’, and I regarded and Princess Diana was standing there,” Azagury says on his web site.

Describing Diana’s journeys to his Knightsbridge atelier, Azagury mentioned: “Her visits have been very relaxed, she liked chatting to the women right here. She didn’t ask me to design particular attire for her, she knew that she may come right here and discover one thing she’d love and that we may adapt it and create a novel costume for no matter event she wanted.”


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