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Sale Name: Vintage and antique fashion and textiles
 
Lot Number: 3
 
Item Description: A Catherine Walker burgundy velvet sheath with embroidered tailcoat, worn for the State visit to Korea in 1992, and to the premiere of 'Steel Magnolias', in aid of the Prince's Trust, 7th February 1990, labelled 'Catherine Walker for the Chelsea Design Co. London', comprising: columnar strapless sheath of Bouton Renaud silk velvet, with boned bodice, tapering skirt with slit to rear hem, the matching tailcoat embroidered to the front opening, shoulders, cuffs and tails with raised pearl beaded flower heads against gilt thread embroidered foliage by S.Lock, lined in wine satin, bust approx 92cm,36in, waist approx 66cm, 26in (2) In Catherine Walker's Autobiography pp 44-45 she writes of this ensemble - 'After ten years of designing for the Princess I was well aware of the fact that she was photographed from every conceivable angle. The embroidery around the nape of the neck and back vents emphasises the femininity of the silhouette. The cutaway shape of the jacket elongates the waist and adds formality to the design. This design was in fact inspired by the colouring of an Imperial Russian court dress and was originally offered to the Princess as a burgundy tailcoat over a rich ivory silk crepe bustier dress. The Princess, however, felt that all burgundy would be more fluid and easier to wear, and I think she was right.' Provenance: Dresses from the Collection of Diana Princess of Wales auction, Christies, 25th June, 1997, lot 63. An additional 5% VAT is payable on the hammer price, this can be refunded if proof of export outside the EU is provided within 6 months of the sale date.
 
Low Estimate: 40000 High Estimate: 60000
 
 
 
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