Diana attends a gala concert at Barbican Centre, London in celebration of the 85th anniversary of the London Symphony Orchestra. The Princess wears an off-the shoulder design by Lorcan-Mullany- Sassoon. It consists of a cocktail suit with a black silk and lace bodice embroidered with black sequins. The top has a white satin collar trimmed with a central black satin bow. Cuff-links that match the buttons are worn to secure the wide white satin cuffs. A straight black velvet skirt completes the suit.
Milliner Philip Somerville knew he had to follow Dubai custom by covering Diana’s hair on her official visit to Dubai in March 1989. He presented her with a softly draped turban in colbalt blue jersey enhanced by a large slanted white brim The hat co-ordinated perfectly with a new Catherine Walker blue and white dress and short jacket.
When Diana visited on 4th November 1989 the Sitanala Hospital 15 miles from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, she brought her sympathetic brand of comfort to patients suffering from leprosy. The Princess tried to keep as cool as possible by wearing a light-weight silk dress by Catherine Walker. The pale blue dress was fastened at the front with large gilt buttons and has a soft box pleat falling at the front of the skirt.
Princess Diana wore the evening gown now known as “The Elvis gown” for The British Fashion Awards on 17th October 1989. Its creator, Catherine Walker was up for an award but unfortunately didn’t win. It was held at the Famed Royal Albert Hall . Diana wore her hair in a tight french twist on that evening.
The white silk-crepe sheath dress and matching high-collared jacket embroidered all over with simulated pearls and white sequins, dubbed the “Elvis” dress by Diana was one of the hits of the gowns auction. Purchased by Franklin Mint, it sold for $151,000.