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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Roman tapestry work of Romano

15 January 2024

Markus Voigt returns to the London Antique Rug & Textile Art (LARTA) Fair after some years away with a silk and wool tapestry fragment that stars as the main image for this year’s fair logo.

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Textiles take centre stage at fairs, exhibitions and auction

15 January 2024

Focus on quilt on offer at the first Decorative event of the year - which shares its venue with specialist fair LARTA

Lampshade

Quentin Bell lampshade takes nearly 40-times estimate

10 January 2024

A lampshade painted by Quentin Bell sold for a remarkable £4700 when Adam Partridge dispersed the residual collection of Michael Evans (Dayabandu).

A Turkoman asmalyk

Rare central Asian textile takes £26,000 at Gorringe's

09 January 2024

A 19th century silk weaving sold for 144 times the top-estimate in Lewes on January 8.

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Taylor made: fashion specialist Kerry to sell remarkable collection of actress Elizabeth

04 December 2023

Fashion specialist Kerry Taylor was astonished to receive an email containing images of actress Elizabeth Taylor’s Oscar dress from 1961.

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Specialist promotes folk art of the future

27 November 2023

Antiques-dealer-turned-artist Tom Hickman is the focus of this winter’s exhibition at Robert Young.

Charles II stumpwork panel

Dealer says stumpwork panel ‘of outstanding cultural significance’

20 November 2023

A dealer who bought a piece of 17th century stumpwork at the Robert Kime sale believes it may hold more significance for the history of race and gender than initially understood.

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Greek textiles wow on Pall Mall

20 November 2023

A near pair of Rhodian bed curtains were among the highlight sales at Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch’s recent exhibition 'Four Rivers from Eden: Works of Art and Paintings from the Islamic & Indian World'.

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The Russell Fling textiles collection goes under the hammer in Philadelphia

20 November 2023

Material Culture, Philadelphia specialists in ethnographic art, is selling the Russell S Fling collection of rugs and textiles on December 4.

Godfather Part II Suit

Robert De Niro’s ‘Godfather’ suit stars in our pick of five auction highlights

17 November 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a suit worn by Robert De Niro in a famous scene from ‘The Godfather Part II’ that more than doubled estimate at an auction in Hertfordshire.

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Twenty-five pairs of shoes to carry? This might just help

13 November 2023

Vintage Louis Vuitton luggage doesn’t get much better than the 1920s Malle Chaussures: a ‘made to order’ trunk with compartments for multiple pairs of shoes and ancillary drawers for shoehorns and a cleaning kit.

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The London Antique and Vintage Textile Fair supports the next generation

06 November 2023

Textile Society fair is good business for dealers but it also acts as a fundraiser for student bursaries

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Two 18th century samplers related to Robert Burns are among five lots to watch

30 October 2023

With estimates from £200, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Cape features more than 300 thank-yous for nurse Carey

30 October 2023

The front page of ATG No 2558 featured a Second World War nurse’s cape decorated with an array of cloth regimental badges that sold at Essex auction house Sworders in August last year.

Tapestry

Fundraising boost to save Henry VIII’s lost tapestry

28 October 2023

A previously lost tapestry, commissioned by Henry VIII during the turmoil of the English Reformation, is a step closer to returning to the UK.

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Colourful creations but the work of Quakers

16 October 2023

A small thread-covered purse or sweet bag in the shape of a pair of bellows is one among the highlights at Witney Antiques’ exhibition 'Choice and Precious Work: Treasures from the Schoolroom', which looks at historic needlework creations beyond the sampler.

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Arthur Swallow Fairs: quirky buys ideal for the curious

16 October 2023

The Cheshire showground event run by Arthur Swallow includes plenty of conversation starters.

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Frock me! fair on a roll

16 October 2023

The 'Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Show' on Sunday, October 22, at Kensington Hall looks set to be one of the most popular this year, says organiser Matthew Adam.

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French marshal’s baton handed on to new owner after auction

16 October 2023

Relic belonging to French military hero sells in Versailles, with one of Napoleon’s bicorn hats still to come

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Early dated Scottish sampler draws bidding six times over estimate

25 September 2023

Prices for embroidered samplers can vary hugely depending on what specific features are involved as well as factors such as condition and provenance.

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