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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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.

Butterfly design by Josef Frank

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.

Dior

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:

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.

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