Celebrities get to wear the most beautiful and most expensive dresses in the world. During the awards season, they can show off on the red carpet dresses from some of the most expensive designers ever. Just check out the red carpet of the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild and Emmy Awards and you will see what this means.
But of course, nothing beats wedding dresses. A wedding is one of the most important milestones in a woman’s life, which is why price is not an object when it comes to dresses for this kind of occasion. This is also the reason why wedding dresses dominate the list.
Here now is a list of the top 10 most expensive dresses ever worn by a celebrity.
10 Keely Shaye Smith - $60,000 Richard Taylor
Keely Shaye Smith is a television presenter who married the then-James Bond Pierce Brosnan in 2001. She wore a simple, white Robert Taylor wedding dress for the occasion.
9 Kim Kardashian - $75,000 Vera Wang
Any expensive listings of celebrities would invariably include Kim Kardashian. When she got married to Kris Humphries, Kardashian had three Vera Wang gowns made costing a total of $75,000. She filed for divorce a mere two months later.
8 Madonna - $80,000 Stella McCartney
Madonna has been a star since the 1980s when she broke into the scene with risqué songs like “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl.” She has successfully reinvented her image to keep up with the times and she is now considered to be one of the biggest selling artists in the world today. She also has a strong friendship with the designer Stella McCartney, though their relationship got off to a rocky start when McCartney lost her patience and told the singer she had a fat ass. McCartney eventually designed Madonna’s dress during her wedding to Guy Ritchie in 2000. The dress had an impressive empire line that featured a duchess silk satin and a long train.
7 Kate Winslet - $100,000 Valentino
Kate Winslet has been a constant favorite of the Academy Awards. In 2007, she got her fifth nomination for her performance in the movie entitled “Little Children.” She may not have won that night (she finally got an award in 2009), but she still came out a winner in her Valentino dress. The dress is considered one of the best ever worn in the red carpet of the Oscars. The mint green, silk Valentino dress featured a draped train and made Winslet look like a goddess.
6 Victoria Adams - $100,000 Vera Wang
She is Posh Spice and she needed something elegant for her wedding to the face of English football, David Beckham. Adams chose Vera Wang, who then designed a simple, champagne-colored strapless gown for the ex-Spice Girl. It cost them $100,000, not a bad amount considering that they are one of the richest celebrity couples in the world.
5 Lady Diana Spencer - $115,000 Elizabeth Emanuel
It was the “Wedding of the Century” as the heir to the British throne Prince Charles finally got married to Lady Diana Spencer. Diana had chosen Elizabeth Emanuel to design her wedding dress as she had seen her work before. Though it supposedly only cost several thousand dollars, observers believe that it cost much more than that. The wedding dress was an ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown. It had a 25-foot train and it was decorated with hand embroidery, sequins and around 10,000 pearls.
4 Melania Knauss - $125,000 Christian Dior
Melania Knauss is a former model from Slovenia who married the billionaire Donald Trump. For her wedding dress, she attended several haute couture shows in Paris and sought the assistance of Vogue editors Sally Singer and Andre Leon Talley. She then chose a Christian Dior gown worth around $125,000. The dress was heavily embroidered and that alone took 550 man-hours to make. The voluminous, white satin, strapless gown was made from almost 300 feet of material. It featured 1,500 crystal rhinestones and pearls encrusted into the dress. It also had a 13-foot train and a longer veil.
3 Catherine Zeta Jones - $140,000 Christian Lacroix
Catherine Zeta Jones is a Welsh actress who turned a lot of heads with her sexy performance in the 1999 movie entitled “Entrapment.” She also turned actor Michael Douglas head over heels in love with her as he quickly married her the following year. The dress she wore earned quite a few more glances because of its design and cost. Christian Lacroix made the gown. The satin-sheathed gown had ivory beads and had a six-foot Chantilly lace train. Zeta Jones also sported a diamond tiara from the jeweler Fred Leighton.
2 Cate Blanchett - $200,000 Giorgio Armani
In 2007, Cate Blanchett became the toast of the acting world as her performances earn for her a couple of nominations from the 2008 Academy Awards. She was nominated for Best Actress for the movie “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and for Best Supporting Actress for “I’m Not There.” She joined an elite group of actors who got two acting nominations in the same year. She also joined an elite group of celebrities who have
1 Kate Middleton - $400,000 Alexander McQueen
In 2011, a royal wedding took place when Prince William married Kate Middleton. The bride wore a dress designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. The dress reportedly cost a staggering $400,000. It was made of satin and had an overlaid lace bodice and appliquéd skirt. Shapes of flowers, like roses, daffodils, shamrocks and thistles, were cut and placed in the ivory silk netting using needle lace method.