As my wedding is looming I thought this would be a interesting article – an outfit hand-embellished with 600,000 Swarovski crystals up for sale at Mall of the Emirates

Going, going gown. The crystal mesh wedding gown on display at Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates.Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/XPRESS

The average price of a designer wedding gown in Dubai hovers between Dh6,000 and Dh8,000. Some may cost more. But nothing comes remotely close to the Dh959,000 mesh crystal wedding gown currently up for sale at Harvey Nichols in Mall of the Emirates.

Adorned with 600,000 Swarvoski crystals, the shimmering outfit has been created by Dubai-based Dar Sara Fashion for people with taste and, of course, a lot of money.

Joumana Al Hayek, designer and owner of Dar Sara Fashion, said it took her two months to complete the gown.

“All the crystals were embellished by hand. It required meticulous precision and skill. There is no machine in the world that could have fixed the crystals on the dress which exemplifies the glitzy silhouettes of star icons of the past.”


Designer Fadi Adi Nader, who also worked on the dress, said the gown is a tribute to Swarovski’s 120th anniversary.

“This is a Dolce Vita dress that blends a decadent bouffant trail with a lustrous silk sheath décolletage. A mesh of Swarovski crystals on the skirt and the back of the dress are key highlights. The best thing about the gown is that it’s two-piece. You can remove the tail and use the dress like an after-party ball gown. We used various haute couture fabrics like Jacob Sliver embroidered tulle to create the different layers,” he said.

Joumana said the steep price notwithstanding, she is hopeful of finding a buyer soon. The gown is on display until year-end.

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