Fashion in the 80s was about strong colors, big sleeves and velvet too. Princess Diana added a bold fashion statement on that 1985 night she attended the premiere of Back to the Future in London. One of her most beloved looks too.
With a plum crushed velvet gown and a long V low back, signed by her beloved Catherine Walker, Diana added an extra touch by wearing her pearls with a knot also in her back. A brilliant and unforgettable fashion statement that confirms how savvy Diana was in her public appearances. She knew the photographers would be behind her when she was meeting the stars (Steven Spielberg among them) so she was aware of what she wanted people to look at. Genius. Beautiful and brilliant.
The Catherine Walker burgundy crushed velvet evening gown was also worn by Diana for the state visit to Australia.
The dress was included at the the ‘Fit For a Princess’ auction on March 15, 2013 in London, amongst other 9 dresses.
As we can see, without the pearl necklace it’s still pretty, but not as perfect.
Recently actor Michael J. Fox recalled how nervous he was to be sitting close to the princess. A weird date in which he was double nervous to be desperate to pee, but couldn’t leave or turn his back to Diana. A night he says, he’ll never forget.