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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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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Textiles made with spider silk weave their magic at Oliver Hoare gallery's latest show

27 September 2021

Unexpected, unusual and often overseen objects are the stock in trade of art gallery Oliver Hoare.

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Ottoman panel used as tomb cover sells ten times above estimate at Dreweatts

20 September 2021

This large Ottoman metal thread and silk hanging features a dedication to Sultan Ahmed III (1673-1736).

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The fabric of collecting at Chelsea Town Hall

20 September 2021

Dealers, collectors, and textile enthusiasts including students looking for design inspiration will be gathering at Chelsea Town Hall on Sunday October 10.

A hat worn by Napoleon

Hats off at Sotheby's to ‘Les Arts sous influence Napoléon’

13 September 2021

To mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death, Sotheby’s is holding an auction from September 15-22 in Paris titled Les Arts sous Influence: Napoléon.

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Two goes into one with fairs at Hilton Olympia in Kensington

13 September 2021

Always a bonus for buyers is two fairs in the same venue on the same day.

Popping up for vintage in Islington

13 September 2021

Dealers welcome the return of Pop Up Vintage Fairs at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

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Quilt given warm reception

06 September 2021

While 19th century American-made needlework quilts can often sell for substantial four and even five-figure sums, it is a rare that an English example brings as much as this one offered at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) on August 21.

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Sisters' sampler skills on show at Mallams' auction

30 August 2021

Samplers made by siblings or generations of the same family can attract a significant commercial premium.

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Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair returns to Covent Garden after 18-month absence

23 August 2021

London Fashion Week is back from September 17-21 – a mixture of digital and physical events including the British Fashion Council’s famous shows at Somerset House.

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British needlework looks sharp at auction

16 August 2021

Embroidered samplers and pictures in high demand stateside

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Mortlake tapestry leads the way

09 August 2021

Depicting Bacchus and Ariadne riding a golden chariot drawn by leopards, a monumental Mortlake tapestry led a small but significant textiles section at Dreweatts.

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Parfilage: the pick of the bunch at Bleasdales’ sewing sale

26 July 2021

Set of tools was designed specifically to take apart rather than create fine textiles

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Textile trading continues despite fair postponement

05 July 2021

The planned 30-stand Designer and Makers’ Fair on July 17-18 at Charleston Manor, near Lewes in East Sussex was cancelled at the beginning of July.

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East to west is a cool move for dealer Phil

28 June 2021

After 10 years based at London’s Old Spitalfields Market, Phil Taylor Cool Stuff is moving west to the antiques hub of Lillie Road in Fulham.

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Recycling is the fashion these days

31 May 2021

Vintage fashion dealer Samaya Ling has been in the trade for nearly 20 years but the rest of the world is cottoning on, it seems.

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5 Questions: Swift Antique Lace

31 May 2021

Anne Swift and her son Phil run Swift Antique Lace, trading from a stall in London’s Portobello Road antiques market.

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A glimpse of the old Singapore

24 May 2021

Contents of a Straits Chinese shophouse sold at auction provide window to the past

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Samplers make a string of positive auctions results

17 May 2021

Estimated at just £80-150, a Queen Anne or George I period needlework sampler sold for £10,000 via thesaleroom.com at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Meat feast out, kimonos in

10 May 2021

Antiques on High Cumbrian branch now open

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