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24 June 2018   •   Raffaella Celentano

Italian formal dresses and their crazy prices: the most expensive in history

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«Formal wear, red carpet and tailor-made creations… Made in Italy dresses have a history of impressing the whole world, both with their beauty and…their prices. Here today we will tell you about the most expensive Italian formal dresses in history»

Made in Italy is synonymous with beauty, quality and luxury. But luxury also means stellar prices and many celebrities love exaggeration. The most expensive tailor made Italian formal dresses make their appearance on the red carpet or at the most exclusive events.

Stars do not mind spending in order to always look at their best and they often rely on the expert hands of great  Italian designers like Valentino and Giorgio Armani. But these clothes are not created from nothing, indeed! Behind a wedding dress or a creation for the red carpet hides the work of many professionals and many hours of work. Here are the clothes that have made the history of fashion not only for their beauty, but above all for their economic value…

Dianna Agron in Valentino – $ 20.500

When Glee’s starlet married Winston Marshall, she decided to wear a wonderful Italian formal dress by Valentino, perfect for her Moroccan-style ceremony. The choice of the dress was absolutely unexpected and unconventional. The beautiful Dianna, in fact, wanted a nude-colored chiffon dress enriched with  sequins  and brilliant appliques on the entire length. Not really the most classic of formal wear, but it is definitely one of the most famous!

Katie Holmes in Armani Privè – $ 50.000

The young actress wanted a ” simple and elegant ” ceremony dress for her marriage to Tom Cruise, and so her team worked for a good 350 hours. The result was a fancy dress in ivory silk embellished with Valenciennes lace and Swarovski crystals. A fabulous dress for a fabulous ceremony!

Nicky Hilton in Valentino – $ 70.000

As told by the tabloids, the beautiful heiress specifically asked Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri (at the time directors of the Roman maison) for a creation inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. It was said and then done: the two designers created a wonderful wedding dress in lace, with high collar and long sleeves. Lace, romantic transparencies and a kilometer veil. A beautiful example of Italian formal dresses.

Anne Hathaway in Valentino – $ 80.000

The beautiful American actress made the history of the Oscars when, in 2011, she trod the red carpet wrapped in this wonderful red dress (of course!) and accompanied by Emperor Valentino Garavani himself. The creation by the Italian couturier was from the 2002 collection and it had a draped train enriched by floral applications.

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privè – $ 100.000

At the 2014 Oscars ceremony, according to rumors, the entire  Cate Blanchett outfit  was worth a good 18 million dollars! Enough said that, in addition to costly jewels, the best actress of that year wore an incredible Giorgio Armani dress: it was an elaborate Armani Privé in powder pink tulle with floral-inspired applications, which left everyone speechless.

Jessica Biel in Giambattista Valli – $ 100.000

On a par with Cate Blanchett, we find Jessica Biel on her wedding day with Justin Timberlake. The actress snubbed the classic white of formal wear, and opted for the rose. The tailored dress was made of silk organza with floral embroidery and flounces. However, contrary to what one might think by looking at the color of the dress, the bride proved to be very traditional: in fact, she expressly wanted to wear “something old”.  The veil was, in fact, decorated with pearls from the tiara used by the bride’s grandmother on her wedding day. As you can see, Italian formal dresses never disappoint.

Kate Winslet in Valentino – $ 100.000

We remain on the same budget, with Valentino’s dress chosen by Kate Winslet for the Oscars 2007. The creation was an unusual mint-green shade, which managed to win over the Dolby Theater audience. Legend has it that it was the actress’ daughter to choose the dress that her mother would wear, and apparently her gamble has been repaid: Kate has been voted as “Best Dressed Star ” by many magazines, online magazines and websites all over the world.

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privè – $ 200.000

We are now entering the extremely expensive category of Italian formal dresses and once again we find the blonde Australian actress, this time with a dress worn for the 2007 Oscars ceremony. Also in this case we are talking about a creation signed by King Giorgio Armani, even if the style is very different from the previous creation. In fact, it was a “simple” close-fitting one-shoulder dress, entirely covered with Swarovski crystals.

Marie Chantal Miller in Valentino – $225.000

Worthy of a queen and at the same time modern, among all the Italian formal dresses worn by princesses, the one worn by Marie Chantal of Greece has rightfully made the Made in Italy history. With an estimated cost of $ 225,000, the creation was ivory-colored silk and had the shape of a tulip. In addition, it was embellished with floral embroidery and applied roses, on the bodice and skirt, which required the work of 25 embroiderers.

Mariah Carey in Valentino – $250.000

Believe it or not, this dress has become famous due to a marriage that was never celebrated! After the end of her relationship with billionaire James Packer, Mariah Carey decided to burn the dress she was supposed to wear on her wedding day, and she did it in style: in her music video I do not. The dress was signed by the Italian fashion company Valentino and, according to TMZ, it cost 250,000 dollars…but now it’s just a distant memory.

Raffaella Celentano

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