Brb, crying into a tin of cold beans
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
It has been six years since we watched Kate Middleton walking down the aisle to marry Prince William, and her iconic wedding dress is still making headlines. The elegant lace number, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, was reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s 1956 wedding gown and has been inspiring bridal looks across the world since.
The beautiful dress caused controversy at the time, but it has piqued the public’s interest yet again thanks to the recently revealed hefty price tag. Considering that it was a specially made gown for a royal wedding, we were expecting the numbers to give us slight heart palpitations – but the figure will literally crush your dreams of ever getting on the property ladder, and make payday feel like a distant, measly dream.
It was named as one of the most expensive dress of all time, coming in at a staggering £250,000. That’s right, a quarter of a million pounds. And we winced at the fact that the average bride spends this much on their big day dress, not to mention all the other additional costs you need to consider if you want to have the wedding day of your dreams.
Of course, in the scheme of costly attire, it pales in comparison to the likes of Audrey Hepburn’s infamous Breakfast at Tiffany’s LBD, which sold for $900,000 at a charity auction last year. Nicole Kidman also features, after being paid $2 million to wear the chartreuse Haute Couture Christian Dior dress (designed by John Galliano) at the Oscars in 1997.
However, it’s Marilyn Monroe’s ivory pleated subway dress that tops the list, having sold for an eye-watering $5.6 million (or £4.3 million) at an auction in Beverly Hills back in 2011.
Ahem. If you need us, we’ll be perusing the ASOS sale section until the end of the month.