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Dresses from the Collection of Diana, Princess of Wales

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The text of this catalog for the June 25 Christie’s auction of 79 of Princess Di’s dresses is mostly documentation of where this palace survivor has worn each of the frocks, from state visits to film premieres. Other than that and the breathless descriptions of boned bodices and ruched skirting, there’s not much to read in Dresses from the Collection of Diana, Princess of Wales. But the high-gloss shots glorifying Diana (not to mention the inclusion of a few unflattering photos of Charles) make the book as collectible for royals addicts as the dresses themselves — and a lot cheaper. B

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