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Malaysian designer to debut $30 million diamond dress for Stylo

September 27, 2009

Several dresses have been considered to be the most expensive in the world. We are now going to take a quick look at some of these very expensive dresses.

We’ll start with the Swarovski Dirndl Dress as those of us who are savvy of fashion will definitely appreciate this work of art. Made in Munich, this dress is studded with almost 150,000 gems. This expensive dress is definitely a collector’s item.

Marilyn Monroe’s Happy Birthday Mr. President dress is one of the most expensive dresses in the world. Marylin donned the dress on May 19th 1962 at a birthday tribute to John F. Kennedy. The dress she put on that evening was up for auction and sold for $ 1,150,000.

In 2004, Scott Henshall created a dress for Samantha Mumba. She attended the premiere of Spider-Man II wearing this spider web shaped dress that contains roughly 3,000 diamonds. The price of this dress is somewhere around £5 million.

What we know today as the most expensive dress in the world was created by Malaysian designer Faisol Abdullah. Valued at no less than $ 30 million, this dress is obviously for the super rich among us. This masterpiece is adorned with 751 sparkling diamonds all crafted by famous jeweler Robert Mouawad.

Royalty knows no recession. Faisol Abdullah, a Malaysian designer, is up to designing the hottest couture ever with a $30 million diamond dress dubbed the “Nightingale of Kuala Lumpur,” in time for the Stylo Fashion festival early next month in the Malaysian capital. “Stocks drop, gold is even falling, but a diamond is forever. This is a dress with diamonds. Why do backwards, why can’t we go forwards?” the designer of the dress, Faisol Abdullah, told Reuters as he showed off his sketches. The silk and taffeta evening gown will be decked with 751 diamonds with a 70 carat pear-shaped diamond at the centre of the bodice (featured here is a $20 million diamond dress from Chris Aire with the 70 carat diamond), and topped off with a train sparkling with diamonds. Asked if the dress would attract buyers, Nancy Yeoh, chief executive of Stylo, which commissioned the dress, said: “Its art and there are still enough rich people who would want to buy.”Actually, we have a plan to present the dress to the royal courts around the world starting with the Middle East,” she said, adding that if the dress was sold, 5 percent would go to the Gaza Humanitarian Fund.

This $30 million dress leaves Victoria’s Secret far behind in the race for the most expensive couture, with the second runner-up being the $20 million diamond dress designed by jeweler Chris Aire, but just in tune with the $30 million diamond studded bikini created by Susan Rosen with Steinmetz Diamonds.


September 8, 2009

In a unique TV event, Christie’s did a live broadcast of the fifty-five lots from The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe auction on October 27, 1999. Up for auction was the Eternity Band given to Monroe by her third husband Joe DiMaggio which went for $700,000; her Happy Birthday Mr. President Invitation which ended up going for $115,000 and the most exciting auction of the evening was Marilyn’s Happy Birthday Mr. President dress which she wore at the infamous birthday tribute to President John F. Kennedy at the Madison Square Gardens on May 19th, 1962.

The dress Marilyn Monroe donned that birthday evening was a full length evening sheath dress of flesh colored gauze encrusted with rhinestones embroidered in a rosette motif. The dress that Monroe sang the sweet “Happy Birthday Mr. President” song which now lives in infamy, was sold at Christie’s that October evening for $1,150,000. The dress was originally made for Monroe for approximately $2,500. Now, I call that a good investment.