“Helping people in need is a good and essential part of my life,
a kind of destiny." – Princess Diana
Sequins Saves Lives
Princess Diana sold 79 of her dresses at Christie's Auction in 1997 when her son Prince William suggested she do so to raise money for charity. That auction raised $3.25 million for cancer and AIDS research. Little did we know at the time how important those gowns would become due to her untimely death two months later.
I was fortunate enough to attend Christie’s auction in June 1997 in New York with my best friend Kevin even though we were window-shopping on a bartender’s budget. However, 17 years later, Kevin was the reason we acquired our Caroline Charles dress which put us on the path to share all of this with you.
These one-of-a-kind “Little Dresses” are perfect mini replicas of the 79 original dresses auctioned at Christie’s just two months before Princess Diana died. Created over a 10 year period from 1997-2007, these dresses were made by 14 different dressmakers on four continents. They have been on display at the Appleton Museum of Art in Florida in 2007 and at the Von Leibig Museum of Art in Florida in 2010. We are excited to share them with you at the Princess Diana Museum.