Diana, Princess of Wales in fashion – black halter neck velvet gown Catherine Walker, 1994
Effortlessly sexy, this may break fashion rules with its thigh high split and daring neckline to show off both legs and décolletage — but boy, does it work!
The new devil-may-care Diana had this gown made for her in beaded silk crepe for a UNESCO event at the Palace of Versailles in December 1994.
On catching sight of Diana, couturier Pierre Cardin said: ‘This is the home of the Sun King of France, now we have the Sun Princess of Versailles.’
The outfit was such a hit that she wore a similar version of it for her Vanity Fair shoot with Mario Testino in 1997, made from luxurious black silk velvet.
The halter-neck style creates the illusion of curves. With the thighhigh slit, it’s the perfect mix of sex and sophistication.
‘She teamed it with eye-catching accessories and striking red nail varnish — the perfect way to lift a black dress.’
It was recently sold after its owner, a Florida businesswoman, went bankrupt, for £108,000.