It’s the Disney-esque fairytale gown every little girl dreams of wearing, complete with elegant sleeves and a full, flowing ballgown skirt. In delicate rose pink, of course.
And yet, as pink and princessy as this Catherine Walker dress is, Diana looks far from powerless or fragile in it.
Its white, raw silk collar drops seductively from the shoulders to display an almost daring amount of decolletage, while its matching cuffs mirror the buttons on the structured waist to hint cheekily at a man’s classic tuxedo while accentuating her long, lean torso.
The grandeur of the satin evening gown — sold in 1997 for £20,000 — was entirely deliberate as it was made for the princess to wear for an official portrait by Terence Donovan alongside her husband in 1987.
Diana loved it so much that she wore it in public on four separate occasions, the first time being for a night out at the Berlin Opera House during an official visit to Germany in November 1987