Princess Diana's Unforgettable Blue Velvet Gown Is Going Up for Auction

She famouwore the dress to dance with John Travolta at the White House.

If you're a fan of Princess Diana's style (opens in new tab), then you're probably familiar with the gown she famously wore when she danced with Saturday Night Fever actor John Travolta at the White House.

The Victor Edelstein blue velvet evening gown looked simply stunning as Diana was twirled around on the dance floor by Travolta. The princess attended the White House gala dinner, which was hosted by Ronald and Nancy Reagan, during a trip to the United States in 1985.

The princess completed her look (opens in new tab) with a pearl necklace featuring an oval sapphire-and-diamond centerpiece (opens in new tab), which was originally a brooch gifted to Diana by the Queen Mother.

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In what would today be considered a viral moment, Diana's dance with Travolta made her blue velvet gown recognizable all over the globe.

In June 1997, just two months before she tragically passed away, Diana auctioned off (opens in new tab) many of her dresses, including her Victor Edelstein gown. The sale of her clothing raised money for the Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund and the AIDS Crisis Trust. Since then, the dress has changed hands a number of times but is being made available again for one lucky person with the capital.

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Lucy Bishop of Kerry Taylor Auctions told The Independent (opens in new tab), "This is considered one of the most important and iconic gowns ever worn by the princess."

Should you be ready to bid on the piece and perhaps elevate your own wardrobe, the auction, which is titled Passion for Fashion, will take place next month on December 9 with Kerry Taylor Auctions (opens in new tab).

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