Helen Mirren's iconic BAFTA dress to go up for auction
Dame Helen Mirren’s iconic silk evening dress – worn when she won her 2007 BAFTA Award – is up for auction (and is expected to fetch a jaw-dropping sum)
The stunning silk evening dress worn by A-lister Dame Helen Mirren when she won a BAFTA is set to go up for auction.
The British actress, now 78, wore the strapless floor-length gown and bolero jacket in 2007, when she received her Best Actress award for her performance in The Queen.
It was designed for her by renowned fashion designer Jacques Azagury, who also created clothes for Princess Diana.
This was the first dress Azagury made for the Oscar-winner and started a 15-year relationship between the pair, with him creating many more red carpet looks since.
He has now put the silk taffeta outfit up for auction on December 7 with Penzance-based Lay’s Auctioneers, where it is expected to sell for £4,000 .
The stunning silk evening dress worn by A-lister Dame Helen Mirren when she won a BAFTA is set to go up for auction
The British actress, now 78, wore the strapless floor-length gown and bolero jacket in 2007
The dress is champagne silk taffeta and the jacket is a contrasting dusky mink colour. There is also a ruffled sash and bow on the dress to match the bolero.
The much photographed outfit has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum since Dame Helen wore it.
Azagury opened his flagship store in Knightsbridge, London, in 1987 with his sister and business partner Solange.
From the 80s onwards his dresses were regularly featured in Vogue and appeared in collections at Harrods, Browns, Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman.
Throughout his career he dressed some of the world’s most glamorous women, but he retired in September and is now auctioning some of his celebrity dresses and some fixtures from his boutique.
Mr Azagury said: ‘Her stylist got in touch to see if I wanted to provide a dress for the BAFTAs. They get sent lots of dresses to consider, sometimes as many as 200, so I was competing with lots of other designers.
‘I chose this dress and took it to her house. I only took this one dress because I knew it would look fantastic on her and the colours looked sensational on her.
‘Out of all the dresses she tried she just absolutely loved it, it fitted her perfectly and only needed a few little nips and tucks to make it perfect.
Dame Helen, now 78, is pictured earlier this month at the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth in Hollywood
The Queen focused on the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and whether the Queen would return to London from Balmoral to pay tribute (Dame Helen pictured in the 2006 film)
‘It was a big moment for her (getting her award) and it was a really big moment for us because it led onto this great relationship. She was always really easy to work with.
‘She looked so fabulous and glamorous and it was important because it showed that women of a certain age could look sensational.
‘I’m happy to part with it now because it would just be locked away in a cupboard so it’s great for people to see it and connect with it.’
The drama, written by The Crown creator Peter Morgan, focused on the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and whether the Queen would return to London from Balmoral to pay tribute amid growing public pressure.
After the Queen passed away in September 2022, the Dame revealed she had written a letter to her during filming as she realised she was dealing with a sensitive moment in her life.
She told Radio Times: ‘I realised we were investigating a profoundly painful part of her life, so I wrote to her. How do you write to your Queen? Was it Madam, or Your Highness, or Your Majesty?
received her Best Actress award for her performance in The Queen
‘I said: “We are doing this film. We are investigating a very difficult time in your life. I hope it’s not too awful for you”.
‘I can’t remember how I put it. I just said that in my research I found myself with a growing respect for her, and I just wanted to say that. She didn’t write back, of course, but her secretary did.
‘You know, “Yours sincerely, da di da di da,” on behalf of the Queen. I was very relieved subsequently that I had written that letter.’
Mimi Connell-Lay from Lay’s Auctioneers said: ‘Helen Mirren wore this dress for a really big moment in her career.
‘I think it’s one of the roles she is most known and admired for. All eyes were on her at the Baftas and she went on to receive an Oscar for this role as well.
‘We are expecting a lot of interest, not only because of the historical significance of who wore it but also because it is a fabulous, glamorous frock.’
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