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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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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Scarf crocheted by Queen Victoria for a humble British Army sergeant comes to auction

03 July 2017

The popular image of Queen Victoria in the latter days is of a sombre, dressed in mourning black, unsmiling monarch who was definitely not amused. However, an intriguing item coming up at auction shows her compassionate, caring side.

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Suffragette banner stowed away for 10 years in charity shop makes £13,600 at auction

30 June 2017

For more than 10 years a banner sat stowed away in a cupboard at a little charity shop in Leeds after it was donated. Little did the staff know that one day that same once-forgotten item would sell at auction for a hammer price of £13,600.

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Antique silk top hat seller boosted by Royal Ascot

20 June 2017

London menswear specialist Oliver Brown has been boosted by sales of antique and vintage top hats ahead of racing and society event Royal Ascot which begins today.

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Fully vetted vintage fair returns to Paris for second edition

20 June 2017

One of the only high end vintage fairs is to return to Paris this November.

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Ceremonial uniform designed for Napoleon’s marshals leads auction of Oudinot family collection

19 June 2017

An elaborate ceremonial costume worn by one of Napoleon’s marshals led a dispersal of a family collection preserved by his descendants in a French château in Sarthe in Western France.

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New World focus from carpets and tapestries at Piasa auction

05 June 2017

A small but select sale of a collection of carpets and tapestries comes up for sale at Piasa in Paris on June 15. The 14 lots of weavings spanning the 16th to 18th centuries have a particular emphasis on Spain and the New World.

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Virginia auction covers Ushak Star carpet fragment

24 April 2017

An Ushak Star carpet fragment measuring 5ft 2in x 6ft 1in (1.57 x 1.85m) will feature in Jeffrey S Evans’ April 29 sale of antiques, decorative arts and 20th century design in Mount Crawford.

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Beadwork and embroideries

05 April 2017

Through surviving examples of Charles II beadwork, it is possible to catch a glimpse of the splendid colours of Stuart England.

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Celebration of textile designer Lucienne Day

25 March 2017

Textile designer Lucienne Day (1917-2010) was honorary president of the Textile Society from 1992-2002 and in 1993 she created an award in her name for innovative textile design.

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Josef Frank’s vivid imagination

25 March 2017

Austrian-born Josef Frank (1885-1967) was a partner in a successful practice in Vienna designing houses, interiors, furniture and fabrics, but fled his native country in 1933 for Sweden to escape Nazi discrimination.

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Putting art and soul into textiles

18 March 2017

Dealer on a mission to establish such works alongside more ‘serious’ collecting fields

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Birkin handbags lead Fellows’ auction of designer pieces

23 February 2017

Three Hermès Birkin handbags were among the leading pieces at Fellows’ latest Designer Collection auction this week.

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Vintage glamour under the hammer at Catherine Southon auction of Dior costume jewellery

10 February 2017

Vintage Dior jewellery regularly takes thousands of pounds at auction, but buyers at an upcoming Catherine Southon sale have the chance to score some classic pieces at three-figure sums.

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Five Christmas picks for Christmas Eve

24 December 2016

See our pick of Christmassy lots this month:

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Christie’s France turns hand to retail with Christmas pop-up shop

12 December 2016

If a Chanel snow globe, a Fabergé bracelet or a blue table by Yves Klein are on the list for Father Christmas this year then head to Christie’s Paris showroom this weekend.

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Queen Victoria’s silk jacket comes close to double estimate at Ewbank’s textile auction

01 December 2016

A pink silk jacket once worn by Queen Victoria was among the lots that led Ewbank’s recent textile auction to almost double its pre-sale expectations.

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Vintage fashion fans strut into Cheshire for Peter Wilson auction

28 November 2016

An auction of the designer wardrobe of a socialite at Peter Wilson’s Nantwich saleroom attracted more than 100 people and raised £27,000.

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What the Russian Prince wore to the ball…

16 November 2016

Like many Russian aristocrats born in the later years of the 19th century, Prince Felix Youssoupov (1887-1967) lived an extraordinary life both before and after the Russian Revolution.

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Export block for 300-year-old London tapestry

24 October 2016

The government is hoping to find a UK-based buyer to pay £67,500 for a 300-year-old tapestry to prevent it from leaving the country.

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