Franklin Mint Porcelain Princess Diana in'The Elvis Dress' Pre-owned, Great! In Original Box with all Original Accessories and Stand. No longer manufactured by Franklin Mint.Rare limited edition; collector's item. Numbered item on Diana's upper thigh. 6 x 3 x 24 inches. This doll is beautiful and in excellent condition. One of Diana's finest moments of all time: the Elvis gown. The nickname, used by the Princess herself, is a nod to Elvis and his sequin jumpsuits, long past his prime - but the look is pure regal elegance. The strapless white silk gown is entirely covered with oyster pearls and sequins, as is the matching bolero jacket with popped collar and cropped sleeves. Catherine Walker was commissioned to make this ensemble for the Wales' 1989 trip to Hong Kong, but it ended up making its debut at the British Fashion Awards before departure.
The original destination, though, served as the inspiration for the design: Walker later said that pearls had seemed appropriate for a visit to Asia. The gown's embroidery was completed by S.
Who then proceeded to sell a Diana doll wearing a replica of the gown. The doll spurned an intense legal battle with the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund over use of Diana's image.
After the lawsuit was settled, the gown was donated to London's Victoria & Albert Museum, which still holds it today.