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Princess Diana 'fairytale' Emanuel gown auctioned

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A fairytale-like jeweled Emanuel gown owned and worn by Princess Diana will be auctioned today Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Bought off-the-rack and ready-to-wear, the gown was not custom-made for the former Lady Diana Spencer, who became Princess Diana upon her marriage to the future king of England, Charles Windsor.

Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who were Diana’s favorite designers and also designed her wedding gown, the stunning strapless dress has a fairytale princess look to it with diamond-shaped gold detailing, rhinestones and pearl embellishments. In addition, the gown features a split peplum bodice.

Inspired by Emanuel Bakst and from their Diaghilev collection, Princess Diana loved it so much that she wore it on several occasions, including on 4th July,1986 to attend a banquet at the German Ambassador’s residence in London for the State visit of Richard von Weizsaker, who was the President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1984 to 1994.

On that day, Diana chose to accessorize the gown with a diamond tiara, but wore no petticoat which revealed her ankles.

Then on July 22, Diana wore the gown to the Royal Opera House for a performance of “Ivan the Terrible” by the Bolshoi Ballet. She chose to wear a Russian-style padded headdress, sleeve panels and a petticoat.

Diana was also photographed in the fairytale gown when she attended the premiere of the James Bond film “The Living Daylights” almost a year later at the Odeon in Leicester Square on June 29, 1987, again with the petticoat.

The will be sold by Kerry Taylor Auctions in London and is expected to fetch from $50,000 to $130,000.

Previsouly, a black taffeta evening gown worn by Diana during her first official public appearance sold for $276,000 back in 2010.

Kerry Taylor Auctions has sold ten other gowns owned and worn by Princess Diana.

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