Interest in Princess Diana's life — and wardrobe — has hardly cooled in the nearly two decades since her death. Case in point: a green, sequinned Catherine Walker dress that the princess first wore during a 1986 visit to Austria is expected to fetch £100,000 at an upcoming auction. The Telegraph just ran a feature on a handful of pieces going under the hammer at Kerry Taylor Auctions in two weeks, including the green gown.
Catherine Walker, whose designs were a great favourite of Diana's, created the piece for the princess to wear 30 years ago. According to the auction house, the dress has a unique provenance. It was part of a large order Diana placed in preparation for the Austria trip. Diana, trusting Catherine's good taste, didn't ask to see sketches; she trusted the designer would create beautiful pieces. And Catherine delivered.
For the evening in Vienna, Diana wore the dress with a diamond choker, which had been given to her as a wedding gift by Charles's grandmother Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. It would be the first of four times Diana wore the gown publicly. In 1987, she'd wear it to a charity performance of High Society and again in 1988 for the premiere of Biggles. In 1989, it was brought out a fourth time for a ball at Osterley House.
Though Catherine has passed away, her company lives on; in fact, the Duchess of Cambridge is now a fan of the label and recently wore a green coat dress to an engagement in London.