10 Of the Most Expensive Dresses of All Time


No one wants to strut into a party wearing a dress that looks cheaper than a Tesco Value bin bag (unless, of course, that’s the current fashion).

We want style. We want haute couture. And more than anything else, we want expense.

If your latest dress hasn’t cost the same as your house, then it’s time to consult this list.

From party dresses to wedding wonders, here’s our rundown of the 10 most expensive dresses of all time.

  1. Dior Couture

Who wore it? Charlize Theron

The cost? £78,000

Charlize Theron rocked this dress when she attended the 2013 Oscars ceremony, a bright white nuimber that looked smart, elegant and subtle

If you want to wear a dress like this, you’re going to have to either marry a millionaire, save up for a LONG time or start working on your acting chops.

  1. Calvin Klein

Who wore it? Lupita Nyong’o

The cost? £116,000

This intricate dress is made of over 6,000 pearls – someone at Calvin Klein must love their oysters! Sported by Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Oscars, who later took home a gong for Best Supporting Actress, it was later stolen from her hotel room. Who knows where it is today.

  1. Armani Prive

Who wore it? Cate Blanchett

The cost? £154,440

If you thought 6,000 pearls was decadent, take a look at this dress worn by Cate Blanchett at the 2017 Oscars – it’s been fitted with dazzling Swarovski crystals. Cate cut a svelte figure that evening, even if she didn’t walk away with an award.

  1. Victor Edelstein

Who wore it? Princess Diana

The cost? £240,000

The Queen of Hearts stole the show at President Reagan’s White House Dinner in 1985, when she danced in this exquisitely crafted dress. Custom made from luxurious velvet, it’s no wonder her appearance that evening became iconic.

  1. Alexander McQueen

Who wore it? Kate Middleton

The cost? £250,000

The first wedding dress on our list, this classical style contains all the makings of a fairy tale romance – with no expense spared.

  1. Oscar de la Renta

Who wore it? Amal Clooney

The cost? £293,440

Probably the only time that a human rights lawyer will grace our list, Amal Clooney’s incredible wedding dress was one of Oscar de la Renta’s last before his death, and what a swan song it was.

  1. Imperial Pearl

Who wore it? Mary Joe Connolly

The cost? £386,100

We’re truly in the big leagues now – this dress was constructed with over 100,000 cultured pearls and was the talk of the US in the 50s.

  1. Givenchy

Who wore it? Audrey Hepburn

The cost? £694,980

Worn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, you’ve probably seen this dress replicated in a thousand Halloween costumes. But little beats the elegance of the real thing.

  1. John Galliano  

Who wore it? Nicole Kidman

The cost? £1.54 million

With a jaw-dropping price tag, Nicole Kidman’s walk down the 1997 Oscars red carpet could have bought you a mansion!

  1. William Travilla

Who wore it? Marilyn Monroe

The cost? £4.32 million

Marilyn Monroe’s infamous movie moment standing over a subway vent led the price of this white dress to skyrocket. It was even sold for over $5 million at auction in 2011.

Have we missed out on any of your favourite decadent dresses? Then let us know the error of our ways in the comments section below.