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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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.

Percy Wyndham Lewis robe

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.

Flat Iron Square

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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Princess Diana in the spotlight at London fashion auction

18 November 2017

Featuring clothing and accessories from the 1600s-2010 – including dresses, coats, shoes, furs, handbags and costume jewellery - ATG offers a handful of highlights ahead of Kerry Taylor Auction’s next Passion for Fashion sale.

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Capital double fairs showcase out west

13 November 2017

London is thick with antiques events this weekend and here we pick two specialist fairs in Kensington.

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Estorick Erté collection on offer

06 November 2017

Erté (1892-1990) was an artist and designer whose works influenced fashion, film and theatre throughout the 20th century.

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Bath’s Assembly Rooms host upcoming wedding show

16 October 2017

There is nothing so stylish in the world of vintage frocks as a 1930s wedding dress – all Hollywood-style glamour with long silky satin gowns.

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An open and shut case for rare Louis Vuitton box

16 October 2017

The European decorative arts that preceded the tribal session at John Nicholson’s (24% buyer's premium) on October 10 had included a handful of notable bids, not least the £14,500 (estimate £300-500) tendered by an Italian buyer for a small early 20th century Louis Vuitton leather box measuring just 11in (27cm) across.

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Battlefield to world of fashion

16 October 2017

The third and final exhibition of Brian Stonehouse’s (1918-98) fashion illustrations at Abbott and Holder opens this month, running from October 19-December 22.

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Bloomsbury Group haven hosts its first textiles fair

09 October 2017

“If you lived here you could make it absolutely divine,” wrote author Virginia Woolf to her sister Vanessa Bell in 1916.

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Birmingham City graduate wins Textile Society award

25 September 2017

Amarah Alexandra is a graduate of Birmingham City University and is this year’s winner of the Textile Society’s Graduate Award for Interior Textile Design.

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Novelty silver kangaroos help Fairfax auction jump to $1.74m at Leonard Joel

04 September 2017

Antiques owned by the late businessman James Fairfax caught the eye of buyers with a set of four Victorian novelty kangaroo salts among the highlights at the auction in Sydney.

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The buy of the needle

04 September 2017

Shown here is the central medallion of a patchwork and appliqué quilt believed to have been produced by some patriotic sewer to mark the 1815 marriage of Princess Charlotte, the Prince Regent’s daughter, to Prince Leopold of Saxe- Coburg-Gotha.

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Kimonos are a stand-out style

28 August 2017

The great flowering of the kimono was in the Edo period (1615-1868) when the merchant and artisan classes, or chōnin, could not use their new-found wealth to improve their social status, so rigid was the shogun military hierarchy.

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Royal children’s clothes and dolls go under the hammer in East Sussex

17 August 2017

Fascination with the royal family has been fuelled even further recently by the release of Netflix series The Crown which takes an intimate look at the public and private life of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Not amused – but happy to crochet

17 July 2017

While it is well known that Queen Victoria sent her troops tins of chocolate boxes for Christmas in the second Boer War (1899-1902), the eight scarves she personally crocheted to send to individual soldiers are not so familiar.

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Get your teeth into seaside treats

10 July 2017

The Dublin-born journalist Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker’s first book, The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, a handbook of legal administration in Ireland, hit the streets in 1879.

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Oh, what a lovely war weekend

10 July 2017

Looking at the images from Leyburn’s 1940s Weekend held at Thornborough Hall and in the main town square, you might think you were on a Second World War film or TV set.

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