The Black Sequinned Gown

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Christie’s catalogue page 32, lot 8.

Another fabulous gown description from Ian the Gowns Guru

The Black Sequinned Gown

This stunning gown was designed by Loris Azzaro for Dame Shirley in 1974. It’s a sexy number!

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I feel that this creation may have started out as a private gown for DSB. She first wore it on her BBC TV special in 1974. Where she did a duet with Neil Diamond

 It’s a stunning black sequinned gown, cut on the bias, with spaghetti straps.

Under TV lighting the dress has a sensual look to it, almost with a leather sheen!

Dame Shirley wore this gown for several appearances on television both here and abroad.

DSB later wore it on the front sleeve design for the 1984 photo shoot of her Towerbell album ‘ I am what I am ‘.


It was also worn at the 1987 BAFTA awards to sing a Bond medley to celebrate 25 years of Bond movies.

The dress was last worn in Germany in 1988.

We would love to hear from whoever bought this gown at the 2003 Christie’s auction, and know what became of it!


Extract from Christie’s catalogue:

Description & Notes

…black evening gown … a bias cut stage gown with low-cut back and fitted bodice with spaghetti straps, the black gauze ground embroidered over all with black sequins, the neckline inset with black net, labelled inside Loris Azzaro Paris.

Final Price


Images displayed with kind permission of Christie’s Images Ltd. © 2002