The saying diamonds are a girl’s best friend has been taken to a whole new level as the world’s most expensive dress has been unveiled.
The dazzling dress, which received mixed reviews from onlookers at Ukraine Fashion Show, is encrusted with 50 two carat black diamonds and weighs a staggering 29lbs (13kg).
The gown is one of seven diamond-covered dresses created by British designer Debbie Wingham’s collection – but with its hefty $5.6, £3.5m price tag, it is the her extravagant to date.
The dress boasts 25 two carat black diamonds adorning the peplum and a further 25 two carat black diamonds on the shoulder shrug, while more diamonds frame the detachable shoulder line.
On the bustier part of the handmade dress – which is the result of six months’ work – is a centrepiece of five carats of black diamonds.
‘The rest of the embellishment is fine beading and delicate white diamonds set in white gold with a very fine chainmail detail to add more individuality, setting the embellishment on this gown apart from any other world’s most expensive gowns,’ Debbie says on her website.
The dress was launched officially at the Billionaires’ Club in Monte Carlo before going on a tour that ended at Ukraine Fashion Week.
Debbie Wingham, a self-taught designer whose mother was a seamstress, started her trading at Greenwich market in the UK at the age of 18 before opening her first boutique in Hoxton, UK.
A year later she crossed the London, opening a showroom on the Kings Road.
In 2005, one of her gowns was worn to the BAFTAs, prompting a renowned fashion columnist to write: ‘the best dress at this year’s BAFTAs was a dress designed by an unknown designer, but watch this space’.
Seven years on, her designs have been worn by a client list including Kate Winslet, Hilary Swank, Amy Smart, Catherine Jenkins, Rebecca Ferguson, and Dita Von Teese.
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, is it really worth the price? Even a trust fund babe will think twice before taking the plunge of a lifetime.
My bet is, it shall live forever in a fortified bunker somewhere.