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Dubbed ‘my Elvis dress’ by the Princess, this strapless white silk crepe sheath with its matching high-collared jacket — embroidered with thousands of sequins and pearls — is a work of art.
Worn for an official visit to Hong Kong in November 1989, it was intended as a tribute to the territory, sometimes called the Pearl of the Orient — an example of diplomatic Diana at her best.
Designer Catherine Walker took inspiration from the Elizabethan ruff for the collar of this jacket, which frames Diana’s face beautifully.
However Diana herself likened it to one of Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas ensembles.
Diana, who also wore the dress to present the Designer Of The Year Award at the British Fashion Awards that same year, subsequently sent a letter to Walker, who had not been nominated, saying: ‘Thank you, to MY designer of the year!’

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