The Most Expensive Design in the World
Princess Diana’s #wedding gown, originally valued £9000 in 1981, is now considered priceless, making it the most expensive dresses in the world.
Designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel were hand-selected by Lady Diana Spencer. They said it had to be” … something that was going to go down in history, but also something that Diana loved”, and which would be “suitably dramatic in order to make an impression…”
The dress included crinoline, with a frill-laced bodice. There were 10,000 pearls, hand embroidery, and sequins. The lace used to trim it once belonged to Queen Mary–it was of handmade antique Carrickmacross lace.
The gown is currently on display in a glass showcase in Toronto, Canada. The 25’ train cascades down a set of a mocked-up staircase, providing the full effect of the elegance of this gown.
Designers, such as David and Elizabeth Emanuel spend hundreds of hours on a design such as this, sparing no expense. The many laborers who had a hand in the making of this exquisite gown did so not for the money, but for the love of Diana.
Although other very expensive designs from world-renowned designers are available, the intrigue of Lady Diana Spencer, her marriage to Prince Charles her spirit, memorable life and many contributions, live on through this dress.
Millions of people have thronged to the museums to see this amazing gown as it tours the world, and commemorate the late Princess Diana.
Couture gowns, especially royalty couture are typically one-of-a-kind. They are designed for a specific person, or for a specific type of person, and catering to the elite.
There are two other magnificent dresses that claim the first two spots as the world’s most expensive dresses:
At 2: the Yumi Katsura White Gold Dress
Designed and crafted from fashion designer Yumi Katsura this stunning gown is still awaiting its bride. Crafted of white gold and the finest silks and satins, this exquisite design flaunts a collection of precious gemstones and displays masterful work of hand-stitched zari embroidery. A total of 1,000 pearls, a rare 5 carat white gold diamond, and a beautifully cut 8.8 carat green diamond embellish this gown.
At # 1:The Diamond Wedding Gown, by designer Renee Strauss and master jeweler Martin Katz–$12.5M
Made in 2006, the beautifully crafted Strauss/Katz dress is fashioned from the finest fabric, featuring 150 carats of diamonds.
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