Most Pearls on a Wedding Dress!
We love a wedding related fact and this week we have discovered that the above wedding dress, named “Yumi Mariee Princess of Mikimoto Pearls,” designed by Yumi Katsura, was embellished with 13,262 genuine Akoya cultured pearls!
It was made from one large sheet of beautiful guipure lace, with rose and arabesque patterns; is completely seamless to look at, as if it were made of one single piece of fabric. It took around six months to create: three months to make the base, and another three months to embroider the 13,262 (yes, we still can’t quite believe it) Akoya pearls. And the price we hear you ask? 35,000,000 yen, which is approximately £264,000!
Yumi Mikimoto is famed for using Akoya pearls. They can grow up to about 10mm – those above 8mm are very rare. The dress used Akoya pearls ranging from 3-10mm, including five that were 10mm in size.
It got us thinking about the timeless look of the pearl and which of our Quello gowns feature its elegant beauty. Here are some of our boutique favourites:
‘Eva‘ by Mia Mia – an ivory satin a-line ballgown with a silk organza bodice covered in delicate pearls.
‘Kitty‘ by Alan Hannah – an elegant royal satin fitted gown with pearl detailing along the neckline and waistline.
‘Toronto‘ by Le Papillon – a dramatic tulle ballgown featuring a long-line bodice encrusted with applique lace, embroidery, beading and pearls.