Princess Diana wears the Emanuel dress to the James Bond The Living daylights premiere

Princess Diana wears the ballgown to The Living Daylights premiere in 1987


Princess Diana's 'fairytale princess' gown went under the hammer yesterday at Kerry Taylor's Passion for Fashion auction, and sold for an unprecedented £102,000.

Designed by former husband and wife duo David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who also created Diana's iconic wedding dress, the ornate cream ballgown was purchased by Princess Diana after she saw it modelled in a Red Cross benefit fashion show. Rather than have it specially made, Diana wore the sample size 10, which has now been sold to a musuem overseas.

The intricate dress is made of layers of organza and silk, with pearls and gold embroidered detailing. Elizabeth Emanuel, who's ex-husband is currently on ITV's I'm A Celebrity..., said of the dress: 'I remember the Princess was worried that the original frilled cap sleeves might get crushed when she took her seat in the cinema and so we removed them. As usual the Princess was right.'

The dress worn by Princess Diana in 1986 and 1987

The Princess of Wales so loved the gown that she wore it on several occasions, first at a banquet for the German Ambassador in London, then to the Royal Opera House and finally for the James Bond film The Living Daylights premiere in 1987. The Princess then sold the gown through Christie's to raise money for her favourite charities.

Originally slated to raise £80,000 at auction, the dress finally sold for over £20,000 than expected.

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By Olivia Marks

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