Midnight Blue Gown


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 ūüôā

(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

Murray Arbeid

Please click here for information on this wonderful designer


In the 1980’s, Princess Diana purchased a number of evening dresses from Murray Arbeid

Poster auction result



The poster mentioned here on 6th February was sold for £42

Click here to see that page 

If you are the winner, please let us know!

Of special interest is the fact that it was sold by Paul Daniels.

Dam Shirley invited him as a guest on one of her TV shows, and a video was included here on page dated 27th January.

Click here to see that page and enjoy seeing them larking about together.

Here’s an extract from Paul’s current¬†eBay page:

Paul Daniels Magic Auction

Oddities are my Speciality

” In the coming months I intend to clear out my home and my two warehouses of all the funny bits and pieces to do with magic and its allied arts. I hope you enjoy the peculiar items that I will be placing on eBay.

Yes, it is me! This probably sounds conceited, but it isn’t. It is just that every time I sell an item somebody sends an email asking ‘are your the real Paul Daniels?’ I am putting this here to hopefully save me some work in replying! “