Throwback To Princess Diana In The Blue Chiffon Dress At Cannes

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by Jazmin Kopotsha |

Cannes Film Festival was very different in the 80s. Back then, when the world's A-listers gathered on the French riviera to celebrate and engage with the hottest cinematic talent in the biz, there was no reason to announce a ban on 'grotesque' selfies and no celeb would have dared protest the 'high heels only' rule as Kristen Stewart did this year. But one red carpet occurrence that we'e still talking about all these years later is when Princess Dianna paid the festival a visit.

In May 1987, Princess Diana and Prince Charles flew across the channel for Cannes' 40th anniversary. She was photographed wearing a now iconic powder blue chiffon gown by one of her favourite designers, Catherine Walker. The dress was worn with a matching scarf and quickly became one of Princess Diana's most fondly remembered style moments.

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princess diana cannes film festival

The dress was put up for auction at the Julien's Auction Hollywood Legends Memorabilia auction in 2011 however it wasn't until just before the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 that it was eventually sold at the LA auction house for a cool £81,000 - the proceeds from which going to a children's charity.

Princess Diana's wore the gown and accompanying knotted scarf down the red carpet when she walked with Prince Charles, the Mayor of Cannes and his deputy to the premier of a film thirty years ago and we are still just as much in awe as photographers and the onlookers were when they saw Diana wear it in person all that time ago.

MORE: Here's A Comprehensive History Of Princess Diana's Most Iconic Looks

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Princess Diana Iconic Looks

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The Princess donned 90's athleisure in 1995 as she left Chelsea Harbour Club in London.

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Princess Diana wore a cold-shoulder dress by Christina Stambolian to the Serpentine. The dress was infamously named the 'Revenge Dress' as it was the day it was revealed Prince Charles was having an affair with Camilla.

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Diana donned tartan to a charity project in 1990.

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The Princess of Wales wore a beret by John Boyd and a coatdress by Arabella Polle when visiting Wales in November 1982.

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Every inch the Princess, Diana wore sapphire jewels given to her by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia on a visit to Brisbane in 1983.

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Diana wore an 80s turtleneck and tartan suit when attending an event in Portsmouth in 1988.

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Diana wore a blue dress by Yuki and ever the sartorial Queen, adapted her choker to be a hair accessory. The look was for a dinner hosted by Emperor Hirohito in Japan.

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Princess Diana wore a yellow jumpsuit when holidaying in Majorca in 1987.

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Diana wore red on a visit to The Royal School for the Blind on December 4, 1984 in Liverpool.

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The princess wore a Catherine Walker ensemble during an official visit to Dubai on March 17, 1989.

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