Encrusted with 50 two carat black diamonds, the world's most expensive dress is unveiled…but it will set you back 3.5m
Weighs 29lbs and sparkles with 50 two carat black diamonds as well as white diamonds and gold thread
Created by British designer Debbie Wingham and unveiled at Ukraine Fashion Week
Handmade dress took six months to sew by hand
Debbie boasts a celebrity client list
that includes Kate Winslet, Hilary Swank, Amy Smart, Catherine Jenkins,
Rebecca Ferguson, and Dita Von TeeseHer creations have featured in
magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, GQ, and Elle
08:53 GMT, 12 October 2012
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 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.
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The world's most expensive dress has been unveiled on the catwalk at a fashion show in Ukraine in all its glittering glory
'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, seen here in a series of exquisite photographs by Josh Carroll, 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 at the age of 18 before opening her first boutique in Hoxton.
A year later she crossed the capital, 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.
On October 19th and 20th Raffles, Dubai will showcase Debbie's creation. An edible ‘bake’ on the trends of the season, the showcasing of the dress and afternoon tea will see the addition of a Dark Chocolate Stiletto encrusted with Sugar Diamonds and replicas from Debbie’s Black Diamond range – stylishly mastered by Raffles exceptional pastry team.
Posing on the back of a luxurious yacht, a model shows off the striking creation, which was created by British fashion designer Debbie Wingham
The dress, created by British designer Debbie Wingham, is adorned with 50 two-carat black diamonds
The dazzling dress weighs a staggering 29 pounds (13 kilograms) and is valued at 3.5 million
The dress stunned onlookers at a fashion show in Kiev, Ukraine. Right: A model poses poolside in the gown
GOWNING GLORY: MAKING OF THE BLACK DIAMOND DRESS
Dress boasts 25 two carat black diamond's adorning the peplum and a further 25 two carat black diamond's adorning the shoulder shrugMore diamonds frame the shoulder lineBustier part of the dress has a centrepiece of five carats of black diamondsDress weighs a staggering 29lbs (13kgs)Hand-finished detail is the result of six months' work
More embellishment comes in form of fine beading and delicate white diamonds set in white goldFine chainmail detail adds more individualityDress joins diamond jeans and six other diamond gowns in Debbie's design archive
Visit www.debbiewingham.com for more information
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