Disney princess-inspired gowns by
Online bidding for the 10 "princess dresses," which started Oct. 18, is in advance of a live auction scheduled for Nov. 13, which will raise money for the London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
The dresses, which were originally part of a holiday 2012 Harrods window display, are being auctioned off by the retailer in conjunction with
The dresses are being included in Christie's larger annual (non-charity) vintage couture and luxury handbag auction -- which also happens to include a whole lot of pieces from Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos' L.A.-based Decades boutique -- and are set to go on view to the public with some of those other pieces at Christie's South Kensington starting Nov. 9.
We had the opportunity to see the dresses when they made their U.S. debut at the D23 Expo in Anaheim in August, and, while the photos of the dresses (see the photo gallery above) hint at how beautiful these gowns are, they certainly don't do justice to how truly magical the one-of-a-kind confections are -- especially for those smack in the middle of the fashion-fan/Dinsey-phile Venn diagram.
"The Little Mermaid's" Ariel inspired a teal silk evening gown from
Rounding out the dress collection are an Escada gown inspired by Jasmine (
Christie's pre-auction estimates for the gowns ranged from $4,600 to $9,000 and absentee bids are currently being accepted by phone or via email up until the live auction on Nov. 13 (at which point bids may be submitted in person, by phone or live online).
Additional information about the dresses as well as other auction items are available in the auction's e-catalog (details on submitting bids can be found on page 61 of the pdf -- which corresponds to page 59 of the printed catalog).