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It’s not too early to start planning for an over-the-top Thanksgiving, Christmas or winter holiday celebration at your home. Or a spring garden party on your terrace that would be one for the ages. And what could be a better foundation for a truly splendid dinner party than a shimmering tablecloth so ornate and unique that it’s known as a “table gown”? For those who love hosting at home and are looking for a “wow” factor for their next party, look no further. The Summerill & Bishop Couture Collection awaits. Have a look at the ultimate and most expensive luxury sequin embroidered tablecloth for a special and unforgettable tablescape – the Summerill & Bishop couture collection “table gown”, with a $14,000 price tag. Get yours now, and the table will be set for a red carpet level soiree.

a luxury brand for standout table linens is born

June Summerill and Bernadette Bishop launched the luxury brand Summerill & Bishop in 1994. Their aim? To solve an ongoing issue they faced when entertaining at home. Specifically, when it was time to set the table.

Lots of the existing brands of luxury table linens and other tabletop items seemed . . . well . . . a bit impersonal. Perhaps even a bit too serious. And certainly lacking in unusual patterns and fun colors. Their new brand would bring “a sense of personality and intimacy” to the tabletop. Starting with linen tablecloths and napkins in charming, whimsical colors and prints.

a tablecloth so ornate that its known as a “table gown”

Just in time for holiday 2022, the brand launched a new Couture Collection that sets a new bar for the luxury tablescape. The first in a promised series of artisanal luxury tablecloths, the made-to-order mottled multi-color pattern for the London Plane series of “table gowns” is inspired by the trees in the neighborhood surrounding Summerill & Bishop’s Notting Hill store.

English Victorian Houses in Notting Hill, a district in West London in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

260,000 sequins

The grand luxury tablecloths are embellished with 260,000 sequins, which are “embroidered onto pure 100% French linen. The process takes place in Switzerland, on classic Saurer ‘Schiffli’ embroidery machines with special made to measure sequin applications . . .  These machines are custom-made for sequin-cutting, are over fifty years old and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. ”


Summerill & Bishop sequin embroidered table gown is the most expensive luxury tablecloth in the market, with a $8,500 price tag

Summerill & Bishop’s sequin embroidered table gown is the most expensive luxury tablecloth in the market, with a $8,500 price tag.

Once created, each custom tablecloth is retouched by hand. The brand says it takes 12 hours for an artisan to retouch a single “table gown.” That’s because of the complex, multi-colored design. The final finishes and hemming are completed by hand in the brand’s studio in London.

three different color options in the “London Plane” collection

So, what does a “table gown” look like, and would it work with your interior design scheme? Happily, there are three colorways within the London Plane series. One has the color palette of a meadow of lavender, pink and yellow flowers.

Photo Credit: Courtesy, Summerill & Bishop.

The second colorway has an air of spring and the seashore. It features hues of turquoise, pink, khaki and white.

Photo Credit: Courtesy, Summerill & Bishop.

Personally, our favorite is the final colorway. Featuring silver, bronze, and pearl tones, it feels like the perfect foundation for a glamorous Thanksgiving or holiday dinner party. It would go extremely well with Champagne!

Summerill & Bishop sequin embroidered table gown is the most expensive luxury tablecloth in the market, with a $8,500 price tag

Photo Credit: Courtesy, Summerill & Bishop.

how to order a couture “table gown” for your next festive gathering

The Summerill & Bishop “table gown” is available in four sizes, with price points ranging from about $7,000 to nearly $14,000. For example, the 165cm x 380cm size will fit a table seating 8-12 and runs $9,000. Some table gowns are currently in stock, but most are made to order. So don’t delay if you’re dreaming of one for your Thanksgiving or winter holiday table.

That’s everything you need to know about the Summerill & Bishop sequin embroidered couture “table gown”, the most expensive luxury tablecloth in the market right now. Sure, it’s certainly a bit pricey. But it’ll definitely make for a memorable evening. And that’s priceless, right?

Now all you need are some chic Astier de Villatte ceramic plates, trays and jugs and you’ll have an Instagram-ready luxury tabletop for the ages. Have fun! And save us a seat.

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. She serves on the boards of several tech companies, and was previously a senior executive in finance, media and fashion, and a partner at McKinsey & Co.