“Princess Diana’s Priceless David Emanuel Gown”
Ever since Lady Di stepped out of her carriage to wed Prince Charles in 1981, her grandiose Victorian-style gown has remained the tulle that bridal legends are made of. The 250-yard lace, tulle and ivory silk taffeta gown, with over 10,000 pearls and sequins covering its layers upon layers of fabric and an equally grand 25-foot-long train to boot, garnered plenty of attention during its world tour last year. Even though poufy sleeves went out with shoulder pads decades ago, the dramatic gown is as enchanting today as it was back in the ’80s — and you can’t put a price tag on that sort of timeless appeal. So here are our calculations: Runway-worthy fabric: $43,000. A modern-day remake of an iconic princess gown: $400,000. A diamond-doused showstopper: $12 million. A gown that will forever remain at the pinnacle of brides’ imaginations: priceless.
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“Kate Middleton’s $400,000 Alexander McQueen Gown”
Not-so-common commoner Kate Middleton lived out every girl’s fantasy when her princess-perfect ivory satin and lace Alexander McQueen wedding dress, complete with a nearly nine-foot train, transformed her into a real-life princess right in front of the world’s eyes — and reportedly for the mere price of £250,000 (about $400,000)! Made with the most luxurious and delicate fabrics — French Chantilly and English Cluny lace, ivory and white satin gazar — and decorated with hand-stitched lace applique by the Royal School of Needlework, the dress took designer Sarah Burton and her crew months to make — and stole Britain’s most eligible bachelor’s (and the world’s) heart.
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