Jacques Azagury’s Favourite Dresses for Princess Diana

Jacques Azagury has worked in fashion for over thirty years – dressing stars from actresses Elizabeth McGovern, Helen Mirren, to his late friend, Princess Diana. He has witnessed the fashion industry evolve and seen recycled looks emerge on catwalks. And yet, unlike several designers of his generation, Azagury has never tired of his profession.


Jacques Azagury met Princess Diana in 1987 in London, when he was displaying a fall/winter collection. They were first introduced by British Vogue editor Anna Harvey. There the princess had her eye on a dress and 3 weeks later, Jacques got a call from the Royal Palace. “They say, ‘would you mind if the princess came to see the dress once more because she loved it.’ And that is how Jacques Azagury got to design the 1st dress for Princess Diana and the bonding carried on right up until the last dress.

Listed below are a selection of Jacques’ favourite dresses for Princess Diana:

Black Chantilly Lace Dress:

Hand embroidered with small sequins & beads from satin straps this dress was a present from Azagury to Princess Diana on the event of her 36th birthday on 1st of July, 1997. This dress was worn by the princess to the Tate Gallery in London.

Red Silk Georgette Column Dress:

This dress was worn by the princess to the Red Cross Ball Gala dinner in Washington on 18th June, 1997.

Ice Blue Silk Georgette Shift Dress:

Hand beaded with crystal bugle beads, this dress was worn by Diana to the Royal Gala Performance of Swan Lake at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 3rd June, 1997.

Long Black Silk Georgette Dress:

With a long fishtail hem, this dress was first worn by Diana in London in September 1995, and again in New York for the Cancer Research Ball the following December.


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