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.

Jacob Savery the Elder

Five Christmas picks for Christmas Eve

24 December 2016

See our pick of Christmassy lots this month:

Christie's pop up

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.

Queen Victoria

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.

Peter Wilson vintage fashion

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.

Prince Felix Youssoupov costume

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.

Michael Mazarind tapestry

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.

Hermès bag

Hermès Birkin: still the handbag of choice at auction

12 October 2016

The original ‘It’ bag, a Hermès Birkin, has proved yet again that it remains the world’s most desirable bag after setting an auction record for Fellows Auctioneers this week.

Brussels Point de Gaze bridal veil

From 18th century lace to 20th century Hermès and Christian Dior – vintage fashion at auction

05 October 2016

Kerry Taylor Auctions’ October sale will feature a wide range of antique lacework, from 17th century Italian needle lace to 19th century bridal veils and Brussels Point de Gaze flounces.

Queen Victoria's drawers

Queen Victoria's knickers break auction record

20 September 2016

A pair of Queen Victoria's drawers sold for a record-breaking £16,250 at Christie’s South Kensington on September 14.

Wedding dress made from war maps

Home Front Vintage design wedding dress from Second World War maps

13 September 2016

We meet the imaginative designer who makes wedding dresses from repurposed silk 'escape and evade' war maps.

Bueche Girod gold watch

Memorabilia from rock band The Who to be auctioned

11 September 2016

A gold watch given by The Who drummer Keith Moon and John Entwistle’s Anello & Davide tan suede heeled boots are among the lots up for sale in the Film & Music Memorabilia Auction at Aston’s Auctioneers on September 15.

Marilyn Monroe’s famous dress

Marilyn Monroe’s famous dress to be auctioned

10 September 2016

The skin-tight sequined dress worn by Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe when she sung ‘Happy Birthday’ to the then-US President John F. Kennedy at a 1962 gala will go on sale at an auction in November with a £2.25m estimate.

Little Vintage Lover Fiars

Tiny town of Heydon is home to vintage lovers' summer fair

02 August 2016

FORMER model and songwriter Zoe Durrant launched her Little Vintage Lover Fairs in Norfolk in 2008, holding the first one at Blakeney, following this in 2010 with Heydon, in north Norfolk, 15 miles from Norwich.

Hermès Birkin 35

Hermès and Chanel modern classic handbags in demand at designer auctions

29 July 2016

Fellows’ second Designer Collection sale fetched over £100,000. With a Hermès Birkin 35 taking the top spot, it seems the current trend for classic fashions and accessories at auction is here to stay.

Madonna at Kerry Taylor

Madonna and Bjork shine with pop star style at London fashion auction

15 June 2016

Madonna and Bjork were standout acts yesterday when the singers’ performance outfits appeared as part of Kerry Taylor Auctions ‘Passion for Fashion’ sale in London.

Caroline Brown who runs Rose and Brown Vintage

Three fairs in Yorkshire this weekend

20 May 2016

With the weekend fast approaching, ATG picks three antique and vintage fairs worth visiting if you’re up near the Yorkshire dales over the next two days.

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Birtwell Collection sale offers fashion one-offs

15 June 2015

Kerry Taylor Auctions are selling the Celia Birtwell Collection on June 23 in Bermondsey, south London.

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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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