January 9, 2014

Dresses to impress. The world’s most expensive gowns. Dream or reality?

John Galliano fashion editorial

The world’s most expensive dresses? We really do deserve one! But before stealing away from collectors their beloved acquisitions, vanquishing from museums their most popular exhibits or taking away from brides the souvenir of their marriage’s most sumptuous day, let’s first see the winners of the main categories. This way, if we can’t afford one for us and one for our best friend, we’ll at least have all the data to allow us an optimistic and detached view on things: there are countless possible factors making a dress ’’the most’’. And in this particular list I’ve set aside the entire category of the ’’priceless’’ – Princess Diana’s wedding dress or Coco Chanel’s original little black dress, but it is none less true for the priceless in our very own wardrobes, isn’t it?

world’s most expensive dresses

The most expensive dress sold at an auction – USD  1 267 500 versus it’s original price of USD 12 000 – the dress worn by Marilyn Monroe at president Kennedy’s anniversary, the Happy Birthday Mr President dress, jewel encrusted and, the legend says, sown directly onto Marilyn’s body

world’s most expensive dresses

The most expensive dresses by a contemporary designer – over USD 200 000 – each of John Galliano’s designs from the Dior haute couture fall-winter 2007/2008 collection

world’s most expensive dresses

The most expensive little black dress – auctioned for USD 923 187Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress by Hubert de Givenchy

world’s most expensive dresses

The most expensive dress worn by a celebrity – USD 200 000 – the Giorgio Armani gala gown donned by Cate Blanchett at the 2007 Academy Awards

world’s most expensive dresses

The most expensive wedding dress worn by a celebrity – USD 400 000 – the Chantilly and Cluny laces Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton wedding dress of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge

world’s most expensive dresses

The world’s most expensive dress – £ 3 500 000 – the 50 black diamonds of 2 carats each dress of British designer Debbie Wingham

world’s most expensive dresses

The world’s most expensive wedding dress – USD 8 500 000 – Yumi Katsura’s creation, ornate with a 5 carat rare yellow diamond, a 8.8 carat emerald and 1 000 pearls

world’s most expensive dresses

The world’s most expensive abaya (dress typical to the Middle East) – USD 17 600 000 – again, Debbie Wingham’s lavish design

 

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