Description of the dress Dame Shirley Bassey wears for this performance: A striking ‘shimmy’ gown by Douglas Darnell of sheer white silk chiffon, the bodice and narrow straps densely embroidered with imitation pearls, translucent sequins and large imitation pearl drops, the skirt slit centrally to the upper leg and decorated overall with tiers of cascading white silk tassels on imitation pearl terminals over vertical stripes of translucent sequins, the flowing train further embellished with multiple rows of translucent sequins on the upper surface and lined with a deep border of white sequins.
Weight: approx. 4.5kg.
Dame Shirley wore this gown during a performance at the Launch Party for London Fashion week, 15th February, 2003; The gown was worn by Dame Shirley on a number of occasions in the late 1990s and is featured on the cover of the 1996 single recorded with Chris Rea Disco La Passione.
Sold at Christies Gown Auction for: £4,800.
Interview with Gloria Hunniford and Shirley acknowledging the first standing ovation at a Royal Variety Performance in 20 years