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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Winston Churchill’s evening slippers and brandy glass come to auction in Sussex

17 February 2021

Velvet evening slippers and a brandy glass once belonging to Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) are coming to auction at Bellmans in Sussex.

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LARTA’s online coverage as 11th edition gets underway

25 January 2021

Usually held on the mezzanine of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park, the London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) migrates online this year with an extended run.

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Opie saddles up in Boston

18 January 2021

Grogan’s 170-lot sale of Fine Rugs and Carpets in Boston, Masssachusetts on January 31 includes 65 rugs and weavings from the collection of James Opie.

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Bidder makes a holy order

21 December 2020

Model produced for pilgrims and tourists to Jerusalem in mind is a highlight as specialist sales launch

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Debut three-day sale graced by an aristocratic selection

21 December 2020

In playing condition but with enough problems to be catalogued as ‘sold as seen’, a Nicole Frères brass inlaid music box was one of the unexpected stars of the first three-day sale to be held at Ripon auction house Elstob & Elstob (22% buyer’s premium).

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Madagascar purchases archive of its last queen at south London auction

14 December 2020

Clothes, letters and photographs of the last queen of Madagascar are to return home after the Madagascan government bought the collection at a south London auction.

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Vintage fashion fair is among events creating a shop window online

30 November 2020

Matthew Adams is holding his first virtual vintage fashion fair, 'Lockdown Frockdown', this Sunday (December 6).

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Royal footwear in Versailles

09 November 2020

This leather-soled silk and kid leather shoe decorated with pleated ribbons is inscribed in pen on the heel 'Soulier de Marie-Antoinette donné à M.de Voisey'.

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Peter Collingwood: an artist-weaver who worked wonders

26 October 2020

For the second time in as many sales, Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) 20th Century Design auction on October 13 included a ‘microgauze’ wall hanging by the British artist-weaver Peter Collingwood (1922-2008).

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Louis Vuitton trunk made to aid the war effort offered in Munich

19 October 2020

As travel possibilities opened up with the advent of railways and steamships, the question of how to transport belongings became an important one. One of the first manufacturers to tackle this with great success was entrepreneur and designer Louis Vuitton (1821-92).

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Mobile wardrobe brings demand in Norfolk

19 October 2020

At TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium) in Diss, Norfolk, on August 12 this early 20th century Louis Vuitton wardrobe trunk, no 796731, sold for £4200 against an estimate of £1800-2500.

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Oxfordshire dealership sources Louis Vuitton trunk with the famous canvas pattern

19 October 2020

Oxfordshire dealership 3Details offers this original Louis Vuitton trunk with its instantly recognisable monogrammed canvas for £22,500.

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Top idea for a hat carrier

19 October 2020

This c.1905 leather top hat ‘bucket’ by the prestigious hatters Johnson and Co of Regent Street, London.

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Emperor Franz Joseph’s bowler hat emerges at Vienna sale

12 October 2020

A bowler hat that once belonged to Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria will go under the hammer at Dorotheum on October 19 in the sale of imperial court memorabilia and historical objects in Vienna.

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New way to display? Fine art and high fashion come together at Mayfair gallery

12 October 2020

Mayfair gallery fashions an innovative method of exhibiting works from the 1950s-80s.

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Dealer looks to global demand for textiles

12 October 2020

Meg Andrews was as disappointed as many others by the cancellation due to the pandemic of the Textile Society’s antique and vintage textiles fair at Chelsea Town Hall earlier this month.

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Grayson Perry’s 'The best of British' taken to new high at Phillips

21 September 2020

An auction record for Grayson Perry’s (b.1960) 'Britain is Best', a limited edition coloured embroidery depicting five loyalists from East Belfast, was set at Phillips (25% buyer’s premium) in London on September 10.

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Czech tapestry mastery at Berlin art gallery

14 September 2020

This handwoven tapestry by Czech designer and architect Josef Místecký (1891-1957) is offered at Galerie Ulrich Fiedler’s exhibition Textile Moderne, which features Avant Garde carpets and textiles by European makers.

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The £12,000 chance to walk in Charles I’s shoes

31 August 2020

An unexpected but welcome entry to Bonhams’ latest sale of Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts & Historical Photographs was a pair of 17th century linen, leather and black silk shoes.

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Vintage fair So Last Century returns with Bank Holiday weekend event

27 August 2020

So Last Century, the vintage event focused on homeware, furniture, lighting and posters, is to hold its first fair after lockdown on August 31 in Beckenham.

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