Empress Farah Pahlavi Diba’s Gown for Auction

By Mahsa Defaei

Empress Farah Pahlavi Diba of Iran, Shahbanu, has always been a fashion icon. Many of her iconic pieces of clothing and jewelry, including her wedding gown, has been designed by famous designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, and Dior Maison.

Her Majesty had many pieces of jewelry designed by famous jewelry designers, as well. The crown, necklace, and earrings she had for her coronation was designed and made by the French Van Cleef & Arpels Company.

Empress Farah’s Coronation. The crown, necklace, and earrings she had for her coronation was designed and made by the French Van Cleef & Arpels Company.
Empress Farah’s Crown designed and made by the French Van Cleef & Arpels Company.
The Shah of Persia, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his wife Farah Diba during their wedding. The Empress is in her wedding gown designed by Dior Maison.
Farah Pahlavi sitting on a throne chair during the coronation ceremony of her husband, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980) as Shah of Iran in Tehran, Iran on 26th October 1967. (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images). The crown, necklace, and earrings she had for her coronation was designed and made by the French Van Cleef & Arpels Company.
“Farah Pahlavi, wife of the last Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, during her coronation ceremony. Teheran (Iran), 26th October 1967. (Photo by Mario De BiasiMondadori via Getty Images)”

Shahbanu Farah has always been a big supporter of Iranian and Persian art and culture. From the beginning of her reign, the Empress took an active interest in promoting culture and the arts in Iran. Her ministry encouraged many artistic expression forms, such as modern and traditional Iranian arts, like weaving.

Through her patronage, the Iranian designer, Keyvan Khosravani, has designed some of her gowns using Iranian fabrication style, Persian patterns, and modern design.

Some of these dresses are with Iranian Miniature, and some have written pieces on them, making them genuinely cultural. These gowns are all hand sewed by the local Iranian artists.

Shahbanu Farah in a gown with Iranian patterns
Empress Farah Pahlavi, Shahbanou of Iran wearing antique gold Persian jewelry and a dress similiar to those worn by women in southern Persia. (Photo by Henry Clarke/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
Shahbanu’s Handmade collection of gowns. This collection is in a museum in Tehran, Iran.

Recently, HERMANN HISTORICA GmbH of Munich, one of the leading auction houses, has announced an auction for one of these handmade gowns of the Empress. The dress for the auction has two versions: the first one is currently at the auction, and the other one is left in a museum in Iran. The Empress has generously donated the first version of the gown to an indigent bride from Europe. And now this gown is for the auction.

This gown is white silk finely embroidered with applications and geometric ornamentation in blue and silver, which she wore in several state occasions. The auction starts on Friday, September 25, 2020.

The Empress Farah, Shahbanu, in her white silky gown.
Portrait de l’impératrice Farah Diba, circa 1960 . (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Empress Farah’s gown in HERMANN HISTORICA GmbH of Munich Auction
Empress Farah’s gown in HERMANN HISTORICA GmbH of Munich Auction
Details of the handmade Empress Farah’s gown in HERMANN HISTORICA GmbH of Munich Auction.

Details of the handmade Empress Farah’s gown in HERMANN HISTORICA GmbH of Munich Auction.
Details of the handmade Empress Farah’s gown in HERMANN HISTORICA GmbH of Munich Auction.

Over the past few years, an increasing number of independent Iranian and non-Iranian artists and designers have been inspired by Shahbanu and Pahlavi era. The works are cultural, mostly handmade, and full of Persian patterns and elements.

Here are some of our favorite works, inspired by Shahbanou and the Pahlavi dynasty, by worldwide Iranian designers with whom we work on ALANGOO.com, an exchange marketplace for designers with unique backgrounds.

Persian Kiani Crown Handmade Silver Necklace With Pearls
Pahlavi Crown 925 Silver Gold Plated Pendant

Agate And 18 Karat Yellow Gold Persian Kiani Crown Pendant
Reza Shah Decorative Plate Yellow

Original Vintage Iranian Stamps Earrings From Pahlavi Dynasty With Bronze Frame



Persian Pahlavi Old Coin Mohamad Reza King Silver Ring

Iranian Vintage Stamp Silver And Pearl Earrings The Young Pahlavi King
Kiani Crown Pahlavi Silver Earrings With Red Crystals

Kiani Crown Pahlavi Silver Earrings With Pearl

Shir O Khorshid Clear Vinyl Sticker Approx

Resources and Images from:

https://www.hermann-historica.de/en/auctions/lot/id/122825

https://www.gettyimages.com/

Be sure to visit ALANGOO.com to shop for the latest designs and trends by independent designers with Persian cultural backgrounds.

Persian calligraphy jewelry, Persian inspired fashion.

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