Princess Diana’s Wedding Gown Scrapbook Auction & Savile Row Under Seige

Today we have a number of quick Bits and Bytes to share, beginning with an auction item from an event that seems long ago and far away.

PFC Auctions

We’re talking about an amazing scrapbook created by one of Diana’s dress designers, Elizabeth Emanuel.

PFC Auctions via The Morton Report

The not-your-average-scrapbook is crafted of handmade paper, its cover shows Princess Diana (still Lady Diana Spencer at that point) on the steps of St. Paul’s, heading into the Cathedral.

PFC Auctions via The Morton Report

Inside there are sketches of bridesmaid dresses, a fabric swatch, and lace sample used for the wedding gown.

PFC Auctions via The Morton Report

The item will be auctioned online by PFC Auctions, bidding starts tomorrow at £2000, roughly $3400 at today’s exchange rates. You can read more about the auction in the Morton Report’s story, or visit PFC Auctions.

One item in the PFC Auctions sale that truly mystifies your trusty scribe: the lot featuring a Slice of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Wedding Cake.

PFC Auctions

Here’s more from the Lot Description:

A slice of cake was presented to each of the 650 close friends and family who attended the afternoon reception at Buckingham Palace.

Accompanied by the 16 page Order of Service from Westminster Abbey which includes the vows, hymns, prayers and Blessing from the Wedding.

Believed to be the first piece of William and Kate’s wedding cake to appear at auction.

My very favorite part of the description?

In fine condition.

What would you think determines ‘fine condition’ for a piece of cake more than a year old….? We’re thinking it must have been kept in the freezer, that’s what TP & The Consort did with ours, bringing it out on our First Anniversary.


Also today, a quick update about another happening on the far side of the pond, this one a protest on, of all places, Savile Row. Note the apparel worn by the folks with the picket signs, for this is not what one generally thinks of as average picket line attire.

PHOTO: Stephanie Wolff

Yes, many a protester is in a three-piece suit, perfectly proper attire if the cause being debated is keeping that-retailer-that-shan’t-be-named Abercrombie & Fitch away from the hallowed tailoring grounds. For those unfamiliar with the area and its heritage, a little background via The Guardian: :

The Row is the heartland of English bespoke tailoring, source of the most beautifully crafted suits in the world. It was here that tailors made the uniform worn by Horatio Nelson when he was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar; it was here that Edward VII invented the dinner jacket.

We learn more about the protest in Gawker’s story:

…”swathes of immaculately dressed chaps and chapettes” descended on No. 3 Savile Row, former home to the legendary Apple Studio, where they engaged in a peaceful protest of Abercrombie & Fitch’s imminent soiling of the celebrated shopping street with a new children’s clothing store.

This may surprise some readers, but historically TP has not been seen on picket lines for, or against, things. However, in 7th or 8th grade I did partake (actually I was the lone participant) in a silent protest, having the temerity to wear pants to school. (Back in the Dark Ages young ladies at my school did not wear anything other skirts and dresses, no further discussion merited or allowed.) One could look at my rebellious stance as both a success and a failure: short-term I failed and was sent home shamefaced to change into a skirt; longterm it was something of a success because school administrators relented, allowing girls to wear pants. On Fridays. (Obviously no jeans or denim, don’t even go there.) Thus the tale of my non-picket-line protest, remotely related (cough-cough) to the topic under discussion.

But we digress, back to the topic at hand, we tend to concur with The Guardian on this one, not just because we loathe what Abercrombie has become, but because some traditions need to remain just that: traditional. From The Guardian’s story:

You can go to practically any street in any city in Britain and buy the sorts of clothes peddled by Abercrombie & Fitch. You cannot, however, go to any street in the country to get a bespoke suit, and this is why the trade should remain where it is – so that when the time eventually comes that we can afford Savile Row’s prices, we know where to go.

What reverence has Abercrombie & Fitch for the tradition or heritage of Savile Row? It is only interested in the street’s iconic status on the tourist map.

We can’t replace this….

The Culture Concept

With this.

City Pages

There is actually an online Save Savile Row petition, the page addresses an element of the debate that has nothing to do with tailoring per se, but everything to do with the controversy:

There is also the issue of abercrombie & fitch’s habit of pumping foul-smelling cheap cologne out of its doors to entice gullible tourists in: this will affect not only the look of Savile Row but the smell.

We’re not the only ones who would find it abhorrent, we’re guessing Mr. Grant, seen here in a bespoke Kilgour suit, would concur with the sentiment that some things need to remain true to their heritage.

Via The Culture Concept



Filed under preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, Royal Wedding

5 responses to “Princess Diana’s Wedding Gown Scrapbook Auction & Savile Row Under Seige

  1. mona

    Love the Diana scrapbook! The wedding cake reminds me of a Seinfeld episode. :0) xx

  2. theenchantedhome

    Love the idea of Princess Dianas dresses’ diary/srapbook….amazing. I never get enough of seeing it or hearing all about it. The cake on the other hand? Hummmm…….

  3. Lisa

    Wiliiam and Kate’s cake is only one-year old, how about the piece of cake from the 1937 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor that sold in 1998 for $29,900? That’s a pandora’s cake box I wouldn’t want to open.

  4. Wonderful coincidence that Mr. Grant appears right now both on my TV and my computer monitors, hurrah!

    Less wonderful, of course, is any infiltration of Savile Row (and the former headquarters of Apple Studio too, argh!) by the foul-smelling, ab-baring A&F. I can’t imagine why they’d even be interested in such a retail location – surely the customer base doesn’t overlap?

    Finally, I’m loving the mental image of TP as brave agent of civil disobedience – viva slacks!

  5. JVL

    Amazing what people will pay for a chance to open Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson Windsor’s only-too-available box.

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