Vintage Fashion

The trendiest sector of the antiques market? With dedicated fairs and specialist auctions, this area draws both collectors looking for pieces of fashion history as well as buyers looking simply for something to wear.

Clothes worn by celebrities often make the headline prices but even more affordable pieces of costume by now-forgotten designers have their place in the market. 


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Georgian ladies shoes step up to four figures at Stroud Auctions

15 April 2019

It was a case of best feet forward at Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) when a pair of Georgian ladies’ embroidered shoes with cut steel buckles and leather soles was offered.

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5 Questions: dealer Sarah Delves

25 February 2019

Sarah Delves of Bags of Glamour is an exhibitor at the next Art & Antiques for Everyone fair (April 4-7).

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Indulge your fashion tastes with vintage fairs that coincide with London Fashion Week

04 February 2019

'London Fashion Week' hits the city from February 15-19 in a dizzying whirl of catwalk shows from 250 designers at top venues.

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Appeal to trade to help find large collection of stolen vintage costume jewellery

31 January 2019

A large haul of vintage costume jewellery has been stolen from a car in Birmingham and its owner is appealing to the trade to help recover the items.

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Handbags at a new dawn as Hermès Himalaya Birkin bag makes £190,000

20 December 2018

The Hermès Himalaya Birkin bag is often described as the most desirable handbag in the world. And so it proved earlier this month when an example set an auction record for a handbag sold in Europe.

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Dealer Gray MCA to represent legendary fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez

14 December 2018

Gray MCA takes on the responsibility of the estate of Antonio Lopez (1943-87) and his lifelong partner Juan Ramos this month.

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Got the travel bug? Check out three upcoming travel related events in the art and antiques trade

08 December 2018

Three auction houses are holding travel-related events with highlights including panoramas and suitcases.

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Scarf collector reflects on eight years of east London vintage fairs

03 December 2018

Cary Whitley has been running her biannual Love Vintage brocantes in June and December in Wanstead, east London, for eight years, with the next on Saturday, December 8.

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Frocks and hats make it a party in Clerkenwell

12 November 2018

It’s party time at Savitri Coleman’s Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair in the Freemason’s Hall, Great Queen Street, on Sunday November 25.

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Where to be: Five places to find luxury items this month

12 October 2018

From wine and whisky to handbags and Hermés scarves, luxury auctions can be a chance to indulge in something extra special – sometimes at affordable prices. A series of sales across the UK this month look likely to have buyers bidding on choice pieces, with a few a little out of the ordinary.

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Gloves fit the bill as best of the LAPADA fair objects

17 September 2018

A pair of early 17th century gloves slipped into a top spot at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair last week.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

Vintage fair hopes to tempt fans ahead of London Fashion Week with latest edition

05 September 2018

The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair will hold its latest The Vintage Collections event on Sunday in Covent Garden.

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East London market relaunches as vintage

13 August 2018

Described in Time Out earlier this year as a place where “high art and innovation meet”, Hackney in east London, with Shoreditch and Hoxton round the corner, has dozens of independent shops, cafes and markets.

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Top hat demand for Royal Ascot boosts antique hat seller

22 June 2018

Demand from well-dressed gentlemen for authentic silk top hats for Royal Ascot this week has boosted sales for retailer Oliver Brown.

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16th century doublet bought by museum at auction

11 June 2018

It is relatively rare to find items of 16th century costume on the market, especially pieces in good condition. It is therefore perhaps not surprising that this gentleman’s doublet from c.1580-1600 should end up going to a major museum when it went under the hammer in a Paris auction this month.

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Hapsburg memorabilia sale to include Franz Josef’s slippers

04 June 2018

One of Dorotheum’s specialities is its staging of sales devoted to imperial court memorabilia and historical objects, which are notable for featuring souvenirs and personal memorabilia from the House of Hapsburg.

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Exceptional ways to travel in style

07 May 2018

The travelling compendium reached its apogee in the late Victorian and Edwardian era. Two exceptional examples appeared on the market in quick succession in recent days.

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Sterling silver Hermès handbag makes auction record at Spink in Hong Kong

23 April 2018

The highlight of the inaugural handbag auction held by Spink in Hong Kong was a sterling silver Hermès Kelly handbag.

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Costume sale suits Pennsylvania auction house

23 April 2018

Helen Larson was a keen collector of costume, especially pieces with historical associations. She spent half a century building up a collection that encompassed early costume, couture and pieces with historical or celebrity provenance, helped by her friend Doris Langley Moore who founded the Costume Museum in Bath.

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Sonia Delauney scarf among prints and fashion at dedicated French auction

09 April 2018

Piasa is holding a second auction devoted to the colourful works of the Ukrainian-born artist Sonia Delaunay (1885-1975) on April 26.

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