of Princess Diana

's outfits was admired by her fans, as the items were perfectly tailored to her figure, often one-of-a-kind and reflected the main fashion trends of the time.

For royal tours, the Princess of Wales ordered a new wardrobe each time, sometimes taking into account the cultural traditions of the country to which she went.

So, in 1986, together with her husband Prince Charles, Diana visited the Persian Gulf countries on a six-day tour, for which several British fashion designers worked on her wardrobe.

For her visit to Bahrain, Diana ordered a long fitted ivory dress, which was decorated with Leg Of Mutton style sleeves (swept at the shoulder and narrow from the elbow to the wrist) embroidered with Hand & Lock glassware and a small bow on the shoulder that resembled a cockade.

The dress was made of silk crepe, it did not have a deep neckline, but only a boat neckline, and there was also a small train, the top of the dress resembled a bolero, worn over the back.

The authors of this evening outfit were fashion designers Elizabeth and David Emanuel (Emanuel), who previously designed the

wedding outfit of the princess


Princess Diana, 1986 / Photo: Getty Images

Diana accessorized the dress that night with satin pumps, her favorite blue pencil eye makeup, and diamond and pearl drop earrings.

The final touch of Lady Dee's image was

the Spencer family tiara


It is also worth noting that this design of the dress was designed to cover the maximum of Diana's body and to comply with the traditions of a Muslim country, although the princess decided not to cover her head.

Princess Diana, 1986 / Photo: Getty Images

The dress was worn by the Princess of Wales only once for a banquet at Al Hudaybiyah Palace.

It is likely that she either gave away the items from that trip, or they were stored on the territory of the Mind Park estate, the owner of which was a close childhood friend of Diana, Caroline Twiston-Davies, because in 1996 this outfit and several other belongings of hers were given by the housekeeper of the estate to secondhand under called Chameleon in Hereford.

Most likely, before getting to the store in Hereford, the dress was in a friend's house, since Diana was a regular guest there and the godmother of Caroline's daughter, Antonia.

A cottage on the grounds was even specially reserved for Welska.

Princess Diana, 1986 / Photo: Getty Images

In the same year, an employee of this store bought the dress to wear to the hunting ball - an annual event held by the fox hunting club.

The purchase cost the woman only 200 pounds, but she never wore it to the ball, because she decided that it was too fancy.

The new owner put the dress in a box and hid it at home.

Allegedly, she always knew that the dress belonged to Diana, but the woman realized its true value only after she saw a documentary about the princess on TV, which included footage from her trip to Bahrain.

22 years after its purchase, in 2018, the dress was put up for auction by Kerry Taylor Auctions and estimated at between £60,000 and £100,000.

The owner of the auction house, Carrie Taylor herself, admitted that Diana's dress, as a result of the bidding, provoked a war between an anonymous private collector and a British museum, before it was eventually won by a foreign museum.

The dress was accompanied by a letter from one of the designers who created it, Elizabeth Emanuel, confirming that it was indeed made especially for Lady Diana.

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