04 November 2015

Royal Flashback of the Day: November 4

A little more costume-y goodness before we finish off our Halloween candy, yes?
The Princess of Wales took things back a century or four when she attended a 1987 charity gala event for Birthright held at Garrard. Her rich purple Catherine Walker gown in satin and velvet had a striking low basque waistline with a full skirt and - to take give it that extra fancy dress touch - a tall Elizabethan collar and contrasting ruffles on the cuffs.

She went further into costume territory with her choice of accessories: on a long strand of pearls, she hung a large amethyst and diamond cross she borrowed from Garrard for the evening. Diana also wore the diamond and pearl earrings she received as a wedding gift from the Emir of Qatar.
This whole ensemble looks like it was fun to put together, which goes a long way to making it one of the Diana evening gowns I find memorable. Then again, it doesn't hurt to start that I love a royal in costume (and in purple) (and in special jewels) (and in special amethyst jewels).