World's Most Expensive Abaya Costs $350,000

 - Jul 1, 2008
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The Abaya, a traditional Islamic outfit for females, gets the "world's most expesnive" treatment on the hands of British designer Bruce Oldfield, a favorite of the late Princess Diana.

“This is the world's first red carpet abaya,” said the designer of the abaya which is, “only for princesses, my dear.”

The hefty £175,000 ($350,000) price tag is the result of 359.7 grams of white gold and 4,668 individual diamonds. The diamonds, with a total weight of 85.13 carats, were supplied by Harriet Crosley of Crosley Diamonds.

A portion of the sales will go to the Islamic Relief charity. The sale will take place during 'The Saudi Gulf Luxury Trade Fair' at InterContinental London Park Lane on Saturday, 2-3 August 2008.

The fair will also offer exclusive pieces by famous designers and brands, such as Harrods, Sotheby's Realty, Aston Martin, Mathaf Gallery, Kashket & Partners, Asus, Louise Mariette Hat Couture, Soane, Donna Karan, James Purdey & Son, HSBC Premier, and Conduit Capital Liquid Funds.

The exclusive abaya is modeled in the pictures by Linzi Stoppard.