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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Taken up a Peggy or two in Warrington

17 January 2022

New Cheshire shop allows couple to expand their offerings, especially vintage fashion

Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy ballgown

The Givenchy ballgown that Hepburn dazzled in

15 January 2022

Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy ballgown as worn in the 1957 film 'Love In The Afternoon' was the star of the December 7 sale at London fashion specialist Kerry Taylor (25% buyer’s premium).

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Take the underground route to vintage fashion

10 January 2022

Vintage fashion collective launched downstairs at a Portobello Road antiques centre.

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Clothing worn on Everest attempt

03 January 2022

This group of clothing offered at Railtons (20% buyer’s premium) in Wooler, Northumberland, on December 3, was used by geologist and explorer Lawrence Wager (1904-65) during the 1933 Everest expedition.

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Sitwell seat sells very well

20 December 2021

Appeal of Weston Hall contents particularly enhanced by 20th century occupants

Vietnamese headdress

Vietnamese headdress makes 1000-times guide

08 November 2021

Multi-estimate sums are not confined to Chinese works of art.

Have fun at a monastery thanks to vintage

08 November 2021

Designed by Edward Pugin and built in 1872 for the Franciscan Order, the Gorton Monastery in Manchester is the Gothic Revivalist backdrop to Decorative Fairs Vintage@The Monastery.

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Make a beeline for Frock Me! as vintage fair shifts next date

01 November 2021

Matthew Adams has been in touch about a change of date for his Frock Me! vintage fair and its associated jewellery event which was long announced for Sunday, November 14, at Kensington Town Hall in west London.

A hat worn by Napoleon

Hats off at Sotheby's to ‘Les Arts sous influence Napoléon’

13 September 2021

To mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death, Sotheby’s is holding an auction from September 15-22 in Paris titled Les Arts sous Influence: Napoléon.

Popping up for vintage in Islington

13 September 2021

Dealers welcome the return of Pop Up Vintage Fairs at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

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A glimpse of the old Singapore

24 May 2021

Contents of a Straits Chinese shophouse sold at auction provide window to the past

Ballet-style slippers

Queen Victoria's ballet-style slippers to be auctioned

08 May 2021

Slippers once owned by Queen Victoria will be offered at an auction in West Sussex later this month.

Paisley items

Paisley Museum asks public and trade to offer paisley items for new display

06 May 2021

Paisley Museum plans to mark its 150th anniversary with a paisley 'callout'.

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Napoleon St Helena shirt and cane feature in auction to mark bicentenary of his death

05 May 2021

Napoleon’s cane made for him when in exile on St Helena and a shirt he wore there are two of the lots featured in a London auction held to mark the bicentenary of his death.

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Gloucestershire auction offers far from your normal antiques and collectables line-up

05 April 2021

With hindsight, the boast made by the Flying Steam Company – 'To China in Twenty-Four Hours Certain' – was a tad ambitious.

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Churchill puts his feet up, has a smoke and a drink

22 March 2021

British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill memorabilia in the form of slippers, brandy balloon and cigar box.

Evening slippers and a brandy balloon

Winston Churchill’s evening slippers and brandy glass come to auction in Sussex

17 February 2021

Velvet evening slippers and a brandy glass once belonging to Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) are coming to auction at Bellmans in Sussex.

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Debut three-day sale graced by an aristocratic selection

21 December 2020

In playing condition but with enough problems to be catalogued as ‘sold as seen’, a Nicole Frères brass inlaid music box was one of the unexpected stars of the first three-day sale to be held at Ripon auction house Elstob & Elstob (22% buyer’s premium).

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Madagascar purchases archive of its last queen at south London auction

14 December 2020

Clothes, letters and photographs of the last queen of Madagascar are to return home after the Madagascan government bought the collection at a south London auction.

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Royal footwear in Versailles

09 November 2020

This leather-soled silk and kid leather shoe decorated with pleated ribbons is inscribed in pen on the heel 'Soulier de Marie-Antoinette donné à M.de Voisey'.

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