Catherine Walker Dress

Catherine Walker was one of Princess Diana’s favorite designers.

This Catherine Walker couture beaded blue-grey Taroni silk cocktail dress is one of only two dresses made and identical to the one worn by Princess Diana to a London gala preview for the auction of her dresses, 2nd June, 1997.    Its beaded and embroidered in high relief with roses and scattered petals in silver threads, the motifs at the bodice edge further encrusted with diamanté.   Often designers made two identical dresses in case something happened to the original.  Diana was fitted in both.  

The designer -- the late Catherine Walker -- described her approach: "I always try to give my embroidery a three-dimensional quality not only by tilting the image in perspective, but also with the texture itself. Here, the bugle beads and diamanté are so dense that they rise from the surface of the fabric like florets made of sugar."

Image Source: © Getty

Image Source: © Getty

Visit the Princess Diana 3D Virtual Museum to see this from one of Diana's favorite designers.

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