Remembering One of the Most Expensive Dresses Ever Made
If you’ve ever experienced the dreaded price tag sigh while shopping for a dress at the mall, you probably cannot afford one that costs $30 million. It’s okay! Most of us can’t. That kind of glitz and glamour is reserved for Billionaire Luxury.
In 2009, Faisol Abdullah designed the “Nightingale of Kuala Lumpur” amid high tensions. The world economy was in lockdown, having experienced the worst downturn since the 1920s. In the darkness, the silk and taffeta evening gown glimmered ironically in 751 diamonds. At the time, Abdullah told Reuters: “Stocks drop, gold is even falling but a diamond is forever. This is a dress with diamonds. Why [go] backwards. Why can’t we go forwards?”
Today is forward, and Billionaire Luxury wants to put this lavish gown into perspective by comparing it to three other famously expensive dresses!
1) Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” Dress
In 1961, the dress by Jean-Louis Berthaulto cost $12k—a pretty penny back then. These days, it’s valued at more than a million dollars. It auctioned for 1.3 million in fact.
1 Nightingale of Kuala Lumpur = About 23 Marilyn Monroe dresses
2) Neil Lane’s “Diamond Gown”
Actress Naomi Watts made red carpet waves when she strutted at the 2013 Oscars in Neil Lane’s diamond-laced creation valued at $1.5 million.
1 Nightingale of Kuala Lumpur = 20 Neil Lane gowns
3) Maria Grachvogel’s Jeweled Dress
Designer Maria Grachvogel’s jeweled dress is lined with 2,000 jewels and was made for $500k. However, it later sold for an astonishing $1.8 million!
1 Nightingale of Kuala Lumpur = About 16 Grachvogel jeweled dresses