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Once a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales, the couturier Bruce Oldfield is now turning his hand to Islamic dress.
By Tim Walker, Edited by Richard Eden
Last Updated: 8:24PM BST 14 Aug 2008
The Daily Telegraph (London)
The 58-year-old designer, whose clients include Sienna Miller and Samantha Cameron, has created the world’s most expensive abaya.
“The most difficult challenge for me was to create a garment which did not follow the natural curves of a woman’s shape,” he says of the £205,000 “red carpet abaya”, which is encrusted with diamonds.
“An abaya must, by definition, envelope the body rather than suggest what lies underneath —which is in complete contrast to what I do and what I’ve been trained to do as a tailor and couturier.”
After his abaya, an overgarment worn by many Muslim women, the former Barnardo’s boy is now considering hijabs and burkas.
“I have enough clients in the Middle East and if they ask me for them I’d be happy to give it a go,” he tells Mandrake.