Vintage Fashion & Textiles

Marilyn Monroe’s record-breaking ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ dress, which sold for $1.2m in 1999; Olivier Coutau-Begarie’s two-day sale of 5000 pieces of antique silks tapestries and embroideries from the House of Hamot; the lively vintage fashion fairs held around the country every month – each has its own place in the world of fashion and textile collecting.

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Indian & Islamic garments prove to be auction talismans

17 January 2022

Indian talismanic shirts or Qur’an jama were believed to carry protective powers.

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Pin cushions with animal attractions tempt buyers

17 January 2022

Appealing to a range of different types of collectors, Victorian and Edwardian animals pin cushions have their own niche in the novelty silver field.

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Mary Queen of Scots link to bed curtain fragment

17 January 2022

Still a figure of glamour 450 years after her execution, Mary Queen of Scots was reputed to have embroidered the c.16th century fragment of bed curtain sold at Hansons (25% buyer’s premium) at Etwall on December 7.

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Taken up a Peggy or two in Warrington

17 January 2022

New Cheshire shop allows couple to expand their offerings, especially vintage fashion

Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy ballgown

The Givenchy ballgown that Hepburn dazzled in

15 January 2022

Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy ballgown as worn in the 1957 film 'Love In The Afternoon' was the star of the December 7 sale at London fashion specialist Kerry Taylor (25% buyer’s premium).

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5 Questions: Masoud Mazaheri

10 January 2022

Masoud Mazaheri of Bakhtiyar is among the dealers set to appear at LARTA this month.

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Rich pickings from Richmond remains

10 January 2022

Left out of the Christie’s sale 20 years ago, but far from remnant-bag pieces, the 11 early needlework items from the Sir Frederick Richmond collection offered at Gildings (20% buyer’s premium) attracted keen interest from UK collectors and specialist dealers.

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Take the underground route to vintage fashion

10 January 2022

Vintage fashion collective launched downstairs at a Portobello Road antiques centre.

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Dec fair left unexpectedly leading the field

10 January 2022

The Decorative Fair becomes first major event to be held in 2022 after others are postponed.

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Clothing worn on Everest attempt

03 January 2022

This group of clothing offered at Railtons (20% buyer’s premium) in Wooler, Northumberland, on December 3, was used by geologist and explorer Lawrence Wager (1904-65) during the 1933 Everest expedition.

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Sitwell seat sells very well

20 December 2021

Appeal of Weston Hall contents particularly enhanced by 20th century occupants

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Pick of the week: The £6500 fabric of a bitter argument

15 November 2021

“From then on, nothing went right. My carpet designs were rejected and my textiles were not required."

Vietnamese headdress

Vietnamese headdress makes 1000-times guide

08 November 2021

Multi-estimate sums are not confined to Chinese works of art.

Have fun at a monastery thanks to vintage

08 November 2021

Designed by Edward Pugin and built in 1872 for the Franciscan Order, the Gorton Monastery in Manchester is the Gothic Revivalist backdrop to Decorative Fairs Vintage@The Monastery.

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Make a beeline for Frock Me! as vintage fair shifts next date

01 November 2021

Matthew Adams has been in touch about a change of date for his Frock Me! vintage fair and its associated jewellery event which was long announced for Sunday, November 14, at Kensington Town Hall in west London.

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Panel from a monumental Parisian wallpaper work

27 October 2021

Early wallpapers and wall coverings are specialities of Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz.

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Go vintage in Leeds with fresh fashion event

18 October 2021

Organiser with home shows expands Pudsey offerings to fashion.

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Geometric furnishing fabric

18 October 2021

Chinese textiles specialist Jacqueline Simcox is selling this 15th century Chinese silk brocade geometric panel, priced at £20,000.

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Textiles take Somerset centre stage

18 October 2021

Thirty-five handpicked textiles dealers from across the UK will be converging at the Cheese & Grain, an arts community venue in Frome, Somerset.

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Cryséde shawl in demand

27 September 2021

Alec Walker (1889-1964) created Cryséde fabrics as a small experimental silk-printing firm in Newlyn in 1920.

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