On 3rd April 1983 during an official trip in Australia, Prince Charles, accompanied by Princess Diana, travelled to Warwick Farm to play in a polo match, his first for six months. For the Princess, though, there was an ulterior motive. At the match she met Ann Bolton, her flatmate from bachelor-girl days, who was now resident in Australia. The Princess was wearing a pale blue and white stripes dress with a white sailor collar by Catherine Walker.
The Princess of Wales attends a glittering dinner-dance at the Melbourne Hilton Hotel in Australia on 16th April 1983. She wears a one-sleeved dress in cream silk chiffon by the late fashion designer Hachi. The dress was given as a present to Diana by Vogue deputy editor Anna Harvey. It was the Princess’s first slinky and sophisticated evening gown and it is embroidered all over with translucent gold and silver glass beads and crystals and incorporates an elaborate design on the shoulder and waist.
YOU magazine was the high bidder with $75,100 for this dress at the Christie’s auction.
This lightweight cherry-red silk suit by Jan Van Velden is worn over an unusual blouse with a jagged collar. The jacket hem also features the unusual design. A white and red straw hat by John Boyd was chosen for this visit to Port Pirie in Australia on 6th April 1983.
Jan Van Velden designed mostly day clothes for the Princess and once remarked “She’s wonderful to work with because she is interested in what you are doing.”
Almost 200,000 people, over a dozen deep in places, packed the Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne which Prince Charles officially opened on 14th April 1983.
On this occasion Diana wore a sailor-style jacket in red with white trim worn over a silk polka dot dress by Catherine Walker. The brimmed hat is by John Boyd.