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.
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.
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.
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.