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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The best-dressed man in County Kilkenny

05 March 2015

This late 19th century Native American outfit proved the highlight of Fonsie Mealy’s latest sale in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, when it sold for €320,000 (£246,150).

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Fashion dolls flaunt the 1867 look

08 August 2014

There may have been no internet or TV in the third quarter of the 19th century, but it was possible to find out what the fashionistas of 1867 were wearing at the time.

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A £2200 token of love – Cumbrian medallion sampler surfaces in Cheltenham

18 July 2014

Among the most desirable of all needlework samplers are those associated with pupils at the Ackworth School, founded as a co-educational boarding school in 1779 by the Quaker physician John Fothergill and still thriving today.

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Louis Vuitton trunks sell at £24,000

25 June 2013

The two-day House & Garden Sale at Mallams in Abingdon, Oxfordshire saw this near pair of early 20th century Louis Vuitton ‘malle armoire secretaires’ sell for £24,000.

Couture cache to be sold off

07 May 2013

Paris auctioneers Gros & Delettrez have announced the sale of 350 lots of haute couture from Danielle Luquet de Saint Germain, muse to the late Yves Saint Laurent in the 1960s, and later an artistic advisor at Dior.

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17th century Flemish tapestry in Milton Keynes

01 May 2013

MK Auctions are selling a Flemish verdure tapestry at their sale on May 5.

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Louis Vuitton trunk sells for £30,000

19 February 2013

Vintage luggage made by Louis Vuitton was a fitting addition to this year’s aptly named ‘Travel in Style’ ski sale at Christie’s South Kensington.

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Queen Victoria’s stockings make a saleroom appearance

30 November 2012

A pair of Queen Victoria’s silk black stockings complete with royal monograms is up for sale at Holloway’s of Banbury on December 4.

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‘Elizabeth I’ saddlecloth in Newbury sale

17 September 2012

A saddlecloth reputedly used by Queen Elizabeth I during her state visit to Bristol in 1574 is to be offered at auction.

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Vuitton trunk brings $30,000

03 September 2012

The attics of Camden, Maine, a famous summer colony for the ‘haves and have yachts’ of the Gilded Age, are just the place one might expect to find period Louis Vuitton luggage.

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Vintage wedding dress in Dorchester

29 August 2012

Duke’s of Dorchester’s annual vintage clothing auction on September 5 will include a Brussels lace wedding dress from c.1908.

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Versace two piece at CJM

19 July 2012

Over 200 items of vintage couture belonging to a former fashion model will be offered at an online auction by CJM Auctioneers on July 25.

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Pope’s hat in Carmarthen

21 May 2012

This papal skull cap or zuchetto will feature in the fine art and antiques auction at Peter Francis of Carmarthen on May 29.

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Henry Moore panel emerges in Folkestone

17 May 2012

The sale at Grand Auctions in Folkestone on May 23 will offer a textile wall panel designed by Henry Moore in the 1940s, of which only 65 were made.

Murky case of embroideries ‘worth millions’

31 May 2011

A house clearer has won a High Court battle to regain possession of a pair of medieval embroideries thought to be worth millions after a longstanding dispute with a fine art specialist.

Glasgow gives a future to textile conservation

29 April 2010

A NEW textile conservation centre – the first of its kind in the UK – is to be established at the University of Glasgow.

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How about a little nightcap or two?

23 November 2009

EARLY 17th century embroidery is a fairly rare beast, but it does surface occasionally.

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Evidence that Avarice pays

08 May 2009

THE deadly sin of avarice was the theme of this large 16th century Flemish tapestry, but the warning failed to temper the desire of bidders when it came up at Skinner's most recent sale of European furniture and decorative arts in Boston in the USA on April 11.

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The unfinished Battle of Culloden

03 September 2007

This 18th century needlework panel appears to be a fragment of a work conceived on almost Bayeux Tapestry proportions.

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Weaving a fascinating tale of England’s earliest tapestries

09 July 2007

One of the quirkier and more unusual offerings to feature in Christie’s £3.7m sale of English furniture and works of art on June 7 was this rare Elizabethan map fragment, one of the first tapestries ever produced in England.

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