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. 


Cockney Rebel tour costume

An auction result to make a Cockney Rebel smile

26 September 2022

The Lacy Scott & Knight Music, Film & Sport Memorabilia auction on September 16 included over 40 lots consigned by singer and 1970s rock band Cockney Rebel frontman Steve Harley.

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Vuitton viewed as bric-a-brac

12 September 2022

A cheaper storage solution than secondhand furniture at the time, this steamer trunk, shown right, from a Twickenham bric-a-brac shop was the economic option for a father buying a practical gift for his daughter’s first flat.

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Napoleon III exile skirt among high points at Dominic Winter auction

12 September 2022

In exceptionally fine condition and probably never worn, a c.1730-40 embroidered silk skirt offered at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) also had a back story adding to its attraction.

Nurse's cape

Soldiers’ thanks to nurse Esme: cape with military badges brings demand at auction

05 September 2022

This scarlet and navy woollen cape sold in an Essex auction is sewn with the numerous cloth regimental badges that were given to Esme Kathleen Robinson (d.2017) by the soldiers she treated in Oxfordshire as a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) during the Second World War.

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Perfect for lovers of alternative frock

05 September 2022

'Frock Me!' was launched 25 years ago when vintage fashion was viewed by many as just someone’s old rubbish cast-offs, probably harbouring germs.

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Second World War nurse's cloak is among five lots to watch this week

29 August 2022

With estimates from £150-4500, here are five previews of items upcoming up at auction this week.

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Mickey and Minnie return to Glamis Castle

30 May 2022

This pair of Mickey and Minnie Mouse toys has been on quite an adventure.

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Get the ultimate dressing-up set

30 May 2022

The numerous coronations offer a chance to buy more esoteric objects at auction.

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The web shop window: Edwardian leather suitcases

09 May 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Hackney hopes for Pop Up Vintage Fairs

02 May 2022

Maxine Stonehill of Pop Up Vintage Fairs popped up in March at the Grade II-listed St John’s Church in Hackney, which has had a £6m restoration and is now a busy music and events venue as well as remaining a working church.

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5 Questions: vintage fashion dealer Carol Walker

21 March 2022

Carol Walker of Carol Walker Antiques/Frocks and Fripperys specialises in vintage clothes.

Hubert de Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy collection comes to Christie’s

02 February 2022

The collection of Hubert de Givenchy (1927-2018), featuring more than 1200 lots of French and European furniture and works of art, will be offered at Christie's in Paris in June.

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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.

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