A date with glamour
Stunning designs and sparkling jewellery will be turning heads at the first Dubai Fashion and Diamonds show being held in the emirate next week.
The elite event is to be showcased at the Burj Al Arab’s Al Falak Ballroom on November 23 and 24, for royalty from region and invited VIPs only. Members of the public will then have the chance to glimpse the exhibits at the Dubai Ladies’ Club on November 25.
Among the most anticipated items on display is the world’s most expensive wedding dress which is encrusted with multiple gems and carries a price tag of a mere 1 billion Japanese yen (Dh31.2 million).
Its designer Yumi Katsura will be in attendance to meet guests and discuss her record breaking triumph.
In keeping with the theme “Asia — Celebration of Art”, other contributors from the east will be present as part of the inaugural show.
Ashima-Leena Singh will be showcasing her authentic Indian label which specialised in bridal, hand-embroidered designs while Bonita Cheung, from Hong Kong, will display evening wear, featuring delicate French lace and luxurious Italian silks finished with intricate needlework and beads.
Mario Arjan, general manager of Wellmark UAE, which is organising the show, said it had taken a year to bring it together. He said: “We believe that inspiration is all around us, waiting to be noticed. Through this show, we aim to inspire you to create and admire all things beautiful.”
While the organisers claim it is not a commercial event, pieces on display will be available for purchase, if desired. Speaking at a press conference at the Dubai Press Club, Diala Al Bsat, events and project manager at Wellmark, said the event was unique in all aspects, from its production to the venue.
“Dubai Fashion and Diamonds is an experience and a journey that is going to take us from one country to another, from India to Hong Kong, to Japan…,” she said.
“It is an artistic event that is going to put Dubai on the artistic map.”
The show, expected to draw royalty and VIPs from across the Gulf, is being supported by patron Shaikha Manal Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Ladies’ Club.
A date with glamour: Show highlights
The world’s most expensive wedding dress, valued at 1 billion Japanese yen (Dh31.2 million), has been created by Japanese designer Yumi Katsura. It is made from silk-satin and embellished with zari-embroidery and 1,000 pearls, a green 8.8 carat diamond emblem and a five carat white gold diamond, which is one of only two in the world.
The world’s largest sapphire, Le Cote d’Azure, weighs an impressive 397.095 carats and is included in the Guinness Book of World Records. It has been donated for the event as part of the Frojo de St Tropez collection.
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