Dearly Departed Dresses
An extraordinary collection of Princess Diana's frocks, which are just clothing ensembles, but historical monuments, can now be yours thanks to the Princess Diana dress auction. The 14 dresses up for auction belong to Maureen Rorech Dunkel, who purchased them at an auction just weeks before Di's fatal car crash in Paris. Today and tomorrow, Waddington’s Auction House in Canada will host the highly anticipated sale of fourteen of the dresses which include blue Victor Edelstein velvet dress worn while dancing with John Travolta, and two dresses from the princess's favorite, Catherine Walker, which she famously sported in Vanity Fair. The dresses are expected to go for anywhere between $175,000 to $550,000.
Implications - There are certain cultural icons whose influence on the world is timeless -- even in death. For fans, consumers and appreciators of these icons, what is left of these icons are invaluable, but not priceless. Products from former possessions, iconic styles and commemorative merchandise are consumed by the masses who are eager to hold onto a piece of the fallen icon either as collectables or for profit. The impact of death on consumerism is a substantial one, where the excess of media attention, public buzz and communal grief are all driving forces.