A scarlet chiffon nightdress worn by the Duchess of Windsor, as seen in Suzy Menkes’ book ‘The Windsor Style,’ sold for £5500 at auction, last week.
The item was part of a series of items of the controversial Duchess of Windsor, formerly known as Wallis Simspon, to be sold by Kerry Taylor Auctions.
The collection included several nightdresses, petticoats, handbags, vanity cases and shoes.
The nightwear attained less than many of the other Wallis objects on offer, with a second ivory crepe de chine nightdress – embroidered with the Duchess of Windsor cipher – selling for £800 and six petticoats making just £650.
This was in sharp contrast to the success of a Christian Dior handbag, which achieved £9500, and a vanity case that reached £40,000.
Also included in the same sale was Kate Middleton’s now famous see-through dress, which went under the hammer at £65,000.