From time to time, we hear about something expensive that costs millions of dollars and not just thousands. From Cate Blanchett’s Oscars diamond-fest to Kate Middleton’s bespoke wedding gown, here are some of the most eye-wateringly pricey dresses of all time…
If you are really curious about these dresses, their designers and their prices which may seem imaginary and unreasonable for some people, take a look at the following top 10 most expensive dresses in the world.
Amal Clooney, 2015 – custom Oscar de la Renta wedding dress
Amal’s custom Oscar de la Renta wedding dress cost a staggering $380,000 – but when you take into account the price tag of the whole wedding (including flying half of Hollywood to Venice for the weekend) we’re guessing it was all relative.
Kate Middleton’s stunning wedding dress, 2011
Duchess Kate’s stunning wedding dress was completely custom-made by Alexander McQueen’s head designer Sarah Burton and featured lace made by the Royal School of Needlework. The price tag of such beauty? £250,000. Worth it though, you might say, as the wedding look has gone down in history as one of the most iconic ever
Cate Blanchett, 2014
Most Expensive dresses ever: Cate Blanchett, 2014.
Cate’s entire Oscars 2014 look, including the gown, the shoes and the jewellery, came to a whopping $18.1 million. The stunning nude Armani Privé dress was embellished with hundreds of Swarovski crystals and cost $100,000 alone. Amazing.
Marilyn Monroe, 1955
Sometimes, it’s after the occasion that a dress’ value can really amp up. When Hollywood costume designer Debbie Reynolds put her 600 piece prop collection up for auction in 2011, the top seller was Marilyn’s ‘subway dress’ first spotted in the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch. Re-sale value? $4.6million.
Audrey Hepburn, 1961
Oh that little black dress. Possibly the most iconic ever, Audrey’s Givenchy frock from the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s was auctioned by the fashion house for charity in 2006.
The hammer fell at $900,000 at Christie’s in New York.
The pinafore Julie Andrews, 1965 – sold for $1.56million at auction
The pinafore Julie Andrews wore when she played Maria Von Trapp in 1965 was later sold for $1.56million at auction. And it didn’t even have any diamonds on it…
Nicole Kidman, 1997 – one of the most iconic Oscar dresses of all time
Nicole pushed boundaries when she wore the chartreuse chinoiserie-embroidered John Galliano for Christian Dior dress at the 1997 Academy Awards and made Galliano the red carpet king.
The actress was reportedly paid $2m to wear the dress and other John Galliano creations throughout the year.
Maria Grachvogel’s precious dress
Cost: $1.8 Million
The dress is encrusted with more than 2,000 diamonds and features a silk corset which is also decorated with diamonds. It was shown for the first time at the fashion show of Maria Grachvogel. The cost of the dress is estimated to be approximately $1.8 million.
Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday” dress
Cost: $1.3 Million
This dress was designed in 1961 by Jean-Louis Berthaulto who is an American fashion designer. It was especially created for Marilyn Monroe to attend the birthday party of the President John F. Kennedy. The dress is decorated with sequins that sparkle like diamonds. The original price of this dress is $12,000, but it was sold at an auction for $1.3 million.
Nightingale of Kuala Lumpur – $30 Million
Nightingale of Kuala Lumpur
Cost: $30 Million
Here you are, the most expensive dress in the whole world that costs $30 million. Did you hear this number before? Of course not. It was designed by Faiyzali Abdullah. This evening dress which is made of taffeta, satin, chiffon and silk is encrusted with a 70-carat pear shaped diamond and 751 Swarovski crystals. It was shown at the festival “STYLO Fashion Grand Prix KL” in 2009.