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Wearing a simple but striking cream silk mini, this is carefree, Diana at her most confident.
The Princess commissioned this figure-hugging number to launch the 1997 charity auction of her most memorable dresses at a gala at Christie’s in New York.
Designer Catherine Walker was asked to make a deliberately light and understated outfit to counter the stately glamour of the clothes on sale.
The floral embroidery gives it a sophisticated edge and her stylish gold sling-back Jimmy Choo shoes were the perfect addition.’
Everything about this ensemble — down to Diana’s slightly mischievous expression — speaks of sheer joie de vivre and rosy optimism.
It makes her sudden death just a few weeks later seem all the more tragic.

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