When it comes to Princess Diana‘s dresses, common knowledge is that interest and prices achieved at auctions are pretty high. Earlier this year, ten Princess Diana’s most iconic dresses sold for a whopping amount of £800,000 ($1.2 million), while her two other dresses were sold for a total of $276,000 two years ago. All those dresses we have more or less seen in many photos, but one perhaps least known, is now sold for £102,000, including buyer’s premium, thus exceeded an estimated value between £50,000 and £80,000. The ornate gold and white gown has been sold by Kerry Taylor Auctions in London to a museum overseas.
Designed by duo David and Elizabeth Emanuel, part of their “Diaghilev” collection of 1986, the strapless gown with removable sleeves and a matching headband features sequins, crystals and pearl beads and was worn by Diana on several occasions, including a 1986 visit to the German Embassy, a performance at the Royal Opera House and the premiere of the James Bond film “The Living Daylights” in 1987.
“This dress was a real favorite of hers,” Kerry Taylor told CNN. “It’s the kind of dress that a little girl sitting down at school will draw when she’s asked to draw a princess.”
Diana first laid eyes on the dress at a Red Cross benefit fashion show in the summer of 1986, and she loved it so much that, unusually, she decided to acquire the show model rather than commission a unique gown from the designers. The dress is a UK standard size 10, which fitted Diana perfectly.
Jean Paul Gaultier has just launched Junior Gaultier Couture, outgrowth of his children’s clothing line Junior Gaultier, which he started back in 2009. During his Spring 2013 couture fashion show, four kids popped out from under a model’s dress wearing long gowns. Those gowns are actually part of this new kids’ line for Spring/Summer 2014, which are inspired by Gaultier’s Indian-themed Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection for (grown-up) women.
The dress is made from a raw silk bodice and a long layered skirt in tulle, while the finishing touch is a bolero that buttons in the back and is accented with Swarovski crystals. Priced around $1200, a silk-and-tulle princess dress comes in two shades: ivory and padparadscha. Limited to only 90 pieces of each shade, those gowns will go on sale in the next couple of months.
$1.5 million gold gown designed to mark the American launch of Magnum Gold Ice Cream
The 32-year-old Project Runway judge said wryly: “Creating my first-ever 24 karat-gold dress was a truly priceless experience. I’m naturally drawn to luxury and love to push my creativity, so the design process of creating a couture dress made of gold was thrilling. I pulled inspiration from MAGNUM Gold?! for the dress design…the train reminds me of melting ice cream. The dress is so decadent.”
The gold dress will make its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18th in a short film for Magnum starring Joe Manganiello. In the movie, called As Good As Gold, Manganiello plays a sexy, tuxedo-wearing thief whose heist is thwarted by a supermodel in a catsuit. But even he admits that the most distracting thing on set wasn’t Brazilian beauty Caroline Correa, but instead, the stunning 24-karat sequin dress Posen created just for the spot.
Fashion designer Zac Posen has created a one-of-a-kind 24-carat gold dress that is valued at $1.5million
Zac Posen designs 24-karat gold dress worth $1.5 million
World’s most expensive dress has been unveiled recently at Ukraine Fashion Week. Created by British designer Debbie Wingham, this stunning dress worth $5,682,950!
Wingham’s dress was created using 50 two-carat black diamonds (25 diamonds adorning the peplum and a further 25 diamonds on the shoulder shrug), as well as white diamonds and gold thread. Also, another five carats worth of black diamonds serve as the centerpiece of the bustier. The dress weighs a whopping 29 pounds (13 kg), and it took six months to sew by hand.
There is little disagreement about whether Wingham’s dress deserves to get the title World’s Most Expensive Dress, as there are rumors of other gowns worth more than twice its price. What is sure is that the dress with 85 diamonds which worth $15 Million has its own category as World’s Most Expensive Cocktail Dress. So, this dress, that is one of seven diamond-covered dresses created by British designer Debbie Wingham’s collection, is probably world’s most expensive, what will The World Record Academy certainly confirm.
Royal wedding dress to go on public displayKate Middleton wowed the crowds on Friday when she appeared in the intricately decorated wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. It was the most anticipated dress of the century, and now the public could get the chance to see it up close. The dress is expected to become one of the capital’s biggest tourist draws.
It is not known exactly when or where it will appear. Possible venues include the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, which open to the public in the summer, or Hampton Court Palace, where a team from the Royal School of Needlework helped in its creation. The Victoria & Albert Museum, which has a world-renowned fashion department, is also a consideration. A Clarence House spokesman said: The Duchess of Cambridge is considering a number of options to give members of the public the opportunity to see, close-up, the skilled British craftsmanship that went into the making of her wedding dress by Sarah Burton and her team as well as the Royal School of Needlework.