Dame Shirley wearing the midnight blue dress during a performance screened on London Weekend Television, circa 1986.
The Midnight Blue Organza Gown
Thanks to Ian, the official Gowns Guru to this blog 🙂
(Christie’s catalogue page 28, lot 5 item 3, also in various tour programmes)
This gown was designed by Murray Arbeid in 1985, it is unusual for Dame Shirley to wear a full skirted gown, but I think she liked this one because it was very light to wear and it looks very elegant.
It is an off the shoulder gown of midnight blue organza, the bodice is embroidered with clear beads and a silver thread, the full skirt is layered and has silver lame piped along the edges.
I remember DSB wearing this on the show ‘Live at Her Majesty’s’ in 1986, and on the Jimmy Tarbuck show in 1987 singing ‘New York’.
The last time it was worn was for a comedy slot on the Bruce Forsyth special in 1991, when Dame Shirley literally brought the house down singing ‘In the Still of the Night’!
Final price for the three gowns in Lot 5 was £7,000
Image displayed with kind permission of Christie’s Images Ltd. © 2002
In the 1980’s, Princess Diana purchased a number of evening dresses from Murray Arbeid