Working as a painter since 1993, Victor Edelstein was first a designer at Christian Dior then set up his own Couture House in 1978. His most famous design is probably the ink-blue velvet gown he created in 1985 for Diana, Princess of Wales, to wear to the White House, where she danced with John Travolta. This dress, on both occasions it sold at auction, set world record prices for a dress worn by Diana (£137,000 in 1996 and £240,000 in 2013). In addition to Diana, his clients included the Duchess of Kent, the Princess of Hanover, Princess Michael of Kent, the Countess of Snowdon, Anna Wintour, Tina Brown, Michael Heseltine's wife Anne, and Lady Nuttal. In the late 1980s, his prices were often around the £2,400 to £2,500 mark for an evening dress. The V & A hold at least thirty of his garments in their collection.
This Wedding Dress would benefit from specialist cleaning as it has evidence of fly or spider specks (which I have attempted to photograph in close up) and wear and tear such as high heel damage (visible near the hem at rear) and a few small stains from food or drink perhaps. Still, this a rare chance to own a design classic from such a famous Couturier.
The dress has a armpit to armpit measurement of 42 cm, while the waist measures 38 cm from seam to seam. The sleeves measure 47 cm and the dress measures, at the rear 46 cm from neckline to waist and a further 113 cm from waist to floor. There is lovely use of applique and sequins to embellish the dress and puff sleeves straight out of the 80s.