London, April 13 (ANI): The black dress that late Princess of Wales, Diana, wore for her first official appearance with Prince Charles is set to be auctioned off this summer.
The black taffeta gown, which Diana wore shortly before her engagement to Charles in 1981, was rumoured to have been destroyed by her, but it turned up recently in a wardrobe at the studio of dressmakers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, reports the Telegraph.
Now the iconic dress is set to fetch up to 50,000 pounds when it appears at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London on June 8.
The dress caused a sensation when Lady Diana Spencer, as she then was, bent down to climb out of the car.
She was met with a frenzy of flash bulbs and next day's newspapers included the headline: "Daring Di sets fashion as she takes the plunge".
But while 19 year old Lady Diana thought that black was elegant and grown-up, it was deemed an unusual choice as the Royal family wear the colour almost exclusively for mourning.
The public, however, went wild over the dress. In the run-up to her wedding, the nervous fiancee lost so much weight that she returned the gown to the Emanuels to have it taken in.
The alterations required were so drastic that they decided it would be easier to re-make a smaller version for her. They kept the original and forgot about it, only re-discovering it quite recently.
This gown forms part of the Emanuel Archive of Princess Diana-related material comprising 30 lots ranging from actual clothes worn by the Princess to fashion sketches, invoices, letters and related ephemera and expected to fetch a total of up to 175, 000 pounds.
It charts the transformation of the Princess from a young, inexperienced teenager into a world-renowned style icon.
A large part of the Emanuel Archive focuses on the Royal wedding gown and includes original designs and toiles for the bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses, the layered tulle petticoat worn by the Princess for fittings and rehearsals at St Pauls Cathedral, and a duplicate sequined veil.
There are also invoices, letters from the Princess' mother, correspondence with Buckingham Palace and a photographic record of the making of the bridal gown.
The collection also features fashion designs for the Princess' official tours to Venice 1984 and the Middle East in 1986. (ANI)