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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Gertrude Bell furnishings on offer at Tennants

26 February 2018

Furnishings that were once part of the family home of Gertrude Bell, one of the most fascinating figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are coming up at auction at Tennants in North Yorkshire on March 17.

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Rug roughs it out to sell at £19,500

26 February 2018

Cautiously catalogued as mid-19th century and suffering some damage, a large suzani attracted international interest at the Andrew Smith & Son (19% buyer’s premium) Winchester sale.

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Handbags at dawn: Dispute between Christie’s and Heritage Auctions over three handbag specialists heads to US court

23 February 2018

A dispute between Dallas-based Heritage Auctions and Christie’s over the employment of Matthew Rubinger and two colleagues is heading to a US court.

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Philip Mould stages show featuring modern milliner

12 February 2018

Milliner Victoria Grant is known for her high-society hats, worn by the likes of Kate Moss, Beyoncé and Carla Delevigne. But in an exhibition of her works at Old Master dealer Philip Mould’s gallery, society faces are on, not under, the hats.

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Frock Me vintage fair kicks in at temporary Kensington venue

05 February 2018

The next three Frock Me vintage fashion fairs this year will be held at the Kensington Town Hall, instead of its usual venue, Chelsea Town Hall, which is being refurbished.

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Museum of London to display signature Suffragette quilt

29 January 2018

Dedicated to those who campaigned for 50 years for the right of women to vote, the Museum of London is currently holding an exhibition of images and objects chosen from the museum’s vast collections of suffragette material.

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Textiles fair follows proud tradition in Devon

29 January 2018

The antiques-rich Devon town of Honiton was famed for its bobbin lacemaking since the 16th century when it was introduced by Flemish refugees.

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North Mymms’ contents to be sold at Sworders auction

22 January 2018

Sworders is to sell the primary contents of North Mymms Park, Hertfordshire – including a collection of European tapestries that have been at the property for over a century.

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5 Questions: Robin Yacoubian of Gallery Yacou

22 January 2018

Robin Yacoubian runs the family business, Gallery Yacou, with his father Ezekiel. The firm has been in the family for more than four generations and specialises in antique, decorative and contemporary carpets. This year, the gallery moved from Fulham Road to its current location in north London.

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Sampler goes back to school

15 January 2018

Work from 1880 returns to where it was made after it was offered at nearby antiques fair...

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Decorative joined by rugs and textiles line-up

15 January 2018

The annual London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) returns to Battersea for the second time to run in conjunction with the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair from January 23-28. Taking place on the mezzanine of Battersea Evolution, the fair focuses on carpets, rugs and woven design.

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Two pop-up vintage fairs in focus

08 January 2018

Maxine Stonehill of Pop Up Vintage Fairs has launched a new vintage fair, this time at the Art Deco Grade II-listed Walthamstow Assembly Hall.

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Winter Antiques Show 2018 exhibitor – Carol and Stephen Huber

08 January 2018

Carol and Stephen Huber from Connecticut deal in antique embroideries and are stalwarts of the Winter Antiques Show, having exhibited there for 25 years.

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Top gear drives auction highs in south London

02 January 2018

Which sector of the traditional antiques trade has been on an unbroken, record-busting rise since the early years of the century?

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Wearing the Vorticist movement on your sleeve costs £29,000

18 December 2017

An extraordinary example of British avant-garde clothing made on the eve of the First World War sold for £29,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Mallams Oxford on December 8.

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Old textiles fuel folk art

11 December 2017

Folk art has many admirers. Kent-based Anne Kelly specialises in recycled textile folk art, much of it inspired by nature, particularly birds, and her world travels.

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Extraordinary example of British avant-garde clothing makes eight-times estimate at Oxford auction

08 December 2017

An embroidered and block-printed silk robe designed by Percy Wyndham Lewis in c.1912-14 generated fervent bidding at Oxford auction house Mallams today.

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Rolling Stones and Vera Lynn among celebrity donors of scarves and ties for Samaritans charity auction

08 December 2017

Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, comedian Stephen Fry and singer Dame Vera Lynn have all donated ties and scarves to jewellery specialist Geoffrey Munn to raise money for Samaritans.

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London Bridge vintage market launches a green-fingered Christmas

27 November 2017

‘Flea at Flat Iron Square’ near London Bridge has launched its festive events programme.

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The right robe for an artistic rebel

27 November 2017

An extraordinary example of British avant-garde clothing made on the eve of the First World War will be offered at auction in Oxford next month.

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