Although they are often a necessity, clothes can also be a luxury. Due to their handcrafted designs, pricey fabrics, and celebrity connections, the most expensive clothing brands in the world stand out from mass-produced lines.
Despite the increase in international shop closures and the move to online sales in recent years, there is still a market for haute couture.
However, these luxury goods must distinguish themselves from the competition with technical innovations, unique designs and customer loyalty schemes.
Below are the top 10 most expensive clothing brands in the world in 2022.
Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana created this company, which was founded in 1985.
Since then, they have expanded from selling only women's clothing to selling jewellery, handbags, shoes, watches, and sunglasses.
The most expensive sunglasses in the world, according to some online articles, are reportedly made by Dolce & Gabbana and cost $383,609.
That is a typing error and the actual cost of the discontinued DG2027B model was $383, so don’t believe everything that you read online!
Most Expensive Dolce & Gabbana Items:
A blood red dress studded with beads in a limited edition of 12, which was the most expensive item on Net-a-Porter at the time of sale: $32,000
Men’s double-breasted shearling coat: $13,000
Rihanna dressed in Gucci
This famous Italian brand was founded by Guccio Gucci in 1920. The first store opened in 1921 in Florence.
Alessandro Michele, the brand's creative director, modernized Gucci, which is now owned by Kering. In addition to clothing and luggage, Gucci now sells handbags and shoes.
Most Expensive Gucci Items:
Gucci Stuart Hughes Belt: $250,000
Rock crystal and 18K gold ear pendants auctioned by Christie’s in 2011: $74,500
Gucci gold sequin dresses worn by Beyonce: $12,900
Gucci Men’s I-Digital Grammy Special Edition Watch, worn by Kanye West: $7,900
Established in 1967 by American designer Ralph Lauren, the fashion label has several luxury lines.
Ralph Lauren Purple Label is the brand’s most expensive men’s range, while the Collection line is the most exclusive of their women’s ranges.
The famous Polo Ralph Lauren line features preppy, Ivy League style outfits that work well for a smart casual look. There are also popular fragrances and homeware.
Most Expensive Ralph Lauren Items:
Purple Label Crocodile Duffel Bag: $25,000
Purple Label Gregory Handmade Tailcoat Tuxedo: $9,995
Giorgio Armani founded the Italian fashion house in 1975. Since then, Emporio Armani, Armani Collezioni, Armani Jeans, Armani Exchange, and Armani Prive have joined the company's collection.
Although many of the Armani lines are aimed at the middle market, labels such as Armani Prive sit firmly within the luxury segment.
Most Expensive Giorgio Armani Items:
Armani Prive gown decorated with Swarovski crystals that were worn by Cate Blanchett at the 2007 Oscars – $250,000
Diamond necklace by Armani Prive, auctioned by Christie’s in 2013: $15,000
This well-known French fashion house is renowned for its androgynous style, chic tuxedo suits, and beauty products.
In 1961, Yves Saint Laurent and his business partner Pierre Bergé established the enduring brand.
Along with camouflage and the trapeze dress, Yves Saint Laurent also popularized the safari look.
Most Expensive Yves Saint Laurent Items:
Yves Saint Laurent Sunflower jacket – a limited edition of 4, hand embroidered as a tribute to Van Gogh: $382,000.
Yves Saint Laurent Opium perfume: $175 per ounce
Mario Prada founded the Italian fashion house in Milan in 1913. The company is now led by his youngest granddaughter, Miuccia Prada, and is renowned for its eccentric style.
Referenced in the movie, The Devil Wears Prada, this forward-thinking company is particularly known for its leather handbags.
Most Expensive Prada Items:
The Brandy Top Handle V2 ostrich leather handbag – $10,200
Prada Papaya Hobo Bag: $8,600
The French company founded by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel in 1909 is renowned for its quilted leather handbags, chic perfumes, and boucle wool suits. Her creations have a classic appeal that is still in vogue today.
The Chanel little black dress is a mainstay in the closets of many well-off women. Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away in recent years, was well-known for his chic Chanel creations.
The Diamond Forever classic bag, which costs well over £200,000, is arguably Chanel's priciest item.
Most Expensive Chanel Items:
Limited edition Chanel Diamond bag decorated with 334 diamonds and with an18 karat gold carrying chain: $261,000 estimated value.
Two rare Coco Chanel and Fulco di Verdura gem-set and gold brooches sold at Christie’s New York in 2004: $192,300
Chanel fishing kit: $18,000
Versace was founded in 1978 and is now one of the most expensive brands in the world. Gianni Versace founded this Italian fashion house, which produced clothing from avant-garde materials like metal mesh.
Princess Diana, Jennifer Lopez, and Elizabeth Taylor have all worn Gianni Versace clothing.
Donatella Versace, the founder's sister, took over as the company's creative director following his tragic death.
Most Expensive Versace Items:
Versace beaded “The Face” evening jacket owned by Elizabeth Taylor, embroidered with rhinestone portraits of the star in her most iconic roles, sold at Christie’s in 2011: $128,500
Greca One-Shoulder Mini Dress: $4,495
Christian Dior, one of the most well-known French luxury brands, has been in business since 1946.
Jacqueline Kennedy frequently wore the brand and Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman are also fans.
In addition to clothing and accessories for women, Dior also produces products for men and children, including Baby Dior. Dior Beauty, the company's line of cosmetics, is also very popular.
Most Expensive Christian Dior Items:
Christian Dior Haute Couture chartreuse gown was worn by Nicole Kidman to the 1997 Oscars, designed by John Galliano: $2 million
1968 Silver encrusted brocade evening gown with matching bag owned by Elizabeth Taylor, sold at Christie’s in 2011: $362,500
The white peplum dress, worn by Charlize Theron at the 2013 Oscars ceremony: $100,000
This well-known French brand was founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton and was initially recognized for its opulent luggage trunks and other leather goods.
Bernard Arnault, the richest fashion brand owner in the world now owns the business.
Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Angelina Jolie favour Louis Vuitton because it has expanded into clothing, accessories, and jewellery.
The historic brand has been revived by creative director Nicolas Ghesquière without sacrificing its elegance.
Most Expensive Louis Vuitton Items:
Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear: $2.1 million
Louis Vuitton Urban Satchel – decorated with recycled water bottles and chewing gum packets: $150,000.
The Kusama Pumpkin Minaudiere Jewel Bag – a collaboration between the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton: $133,430
Louis Vuitton Pur Oud 100 ml – a limited edition perfume of 2000 bottles containing natural oud essence: $1470