Debbie Wingham debuts world’s most expensive cloak ‘Abaya’ studded with diamonds at $17.7 Million
Debbie Wingham had done it with the most expensive black diamond dress which had 50 crafted 2-carat black diamonds, making history in the haute couture circles. Now she is back to creating dresses with gemstones, as she showcases the ‘Abaya’, a Middle Eastern themed women dress, worth a staggering $17.7 million. The dress has been designed keeping in mind, the ethos of Dubai which Debbie greatly admires. This time around, she had managed to embellish 50 white diamonds weighing 2-carats each, apart from a rarest of the rare red diamond which is incidentally the largest and most expensive in the world. Though she has celebrity fans like Kate Winslet, Hillary Swank, and Dita Von Teese, one will always be left wondering as to who would actually end up buying this dress.
The central stone, based on which the price tag of the dress has come up this high, is the single red diamond which is one of the rarest varieties of the stone. It is said that out of 100 million diamonds found, one is a true natural red as this one is, and even if it is found, its too small to be picked out and polished. For something of this size, the current value to the diamond is the region of $7.44 million (£4.89million).
Craving for more information, it is found that there are 50 flawless white diamonds, weighing 2 carats each, apart from 50 black diamonds weighing 2 carats each, and 1899 pointer diamonds of whom get set in platinum. After this, the Abaya is known to have over 200,000 stitches all done in gold threading. To add a even special touch, the handcrafted beading work has given the flower at the back of the dress, a ‘raised’ look.Since Debbie Wingham is known to be a fan of the Dubai culture, she has shown the Middle Eastern metropolis as her centre of launch for the dress, where she will be holding meetings with special guests, who may be interested to buy this outlandish garment. Tijans atelier Dar Tijan, is the exclusive chain of Dubai based boutiques which will be showcasing Debbie’s crafted Abaya.
What makes Debbie’s effort very special, is that she is a self-taught designer. At the age of 18, she had learnt a part of the art from her seamstress mother and started trading at the Greenwich market. Later she opened her first outlet in Hoxton, before moving to the British capital, London at the posh King’s Road. Her dresses were previously worn by celebrities at BAFTA and gained fame for being called ‘The Best Dress’ worn for the function in 2005. With her destination towards Dubai, she would certainly get her name in more prominent places now.