Elvis Dress refers to one of the late Princess Diana's most iconic outfits whom she referred to as "The Elvis Dress". It is a striking slender strapless dress in white silk entirely c overed in oyster pearls and sequins. It is made of slender, ankle length skirt with a matching cropped bolero jacket with elbow length sleeves and stand-up collar, also covered with oyster pearls and sequins. It is so called by the Princess "Elvis Dress" because it is similar to one of Elvis Presley white costumes embellished by sequins and with high standing collar which he wore in most of his concerts.
The "Elvis Dress'" was created by the British designer Catherine Walker for Princess Diana who wore the "Elvis Dress" during an official visit with Prince Charles to Hong Kong in 1989.
In 1997, the "Elvis Dress" was auctioned in New York. It was bought by Franklin Mint Company owned by Lynda and Stewart Resnick. The auction raised 81,203 pounds (138,000 dollars) for charity in a New York auction.
The "Elvis Dress" has been donated to the London's Victoria and Albert Museum by The Franklin Mint Company through its owners Lynda and Stewart Resnick. After staying in New York fior quite a while, the ex Princess Diana's "Elvis Dress" is brought back to London, it is back to its home.
The company's owners, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, were involved in a lengthy legal battle with the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund over the Mint's souvenirs bearing the Princess's image, which was eventually settled out of court.
Curators at the V&A are delighted with the 'fantastic' dress, which will go on public display in mid-January.
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