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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Kashmir woollen design is surprise top seller as a family estate comes to Yorkshire auction

23 March 2020

Long unseen material from the country home of an ancient English family brought some estimate-demolishing five-figure bids at Morphets (17.5% buyer’s premium) including a genuine sleeper.

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Fellows sets house auction record for Hermès Birkin handbag

25 February 2020

A Hermès Birkin 2013 matte black Porosus crocodile handbag was hammered down at £19,000.

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Comic book artwork, Cartier jewellery and a Hermès handbag – five lots to watch at auction this week

24 February 2020

With estimates from €300-£8000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Pick of the week: Purse strings open for a rare survivor

03 February 2020

An early 17th century Limoges enamel draw purse attracted a flurry of bids at Chorley’s Attic Sale in Gloucestershire. Set with period portraits of a lady on one side and a gentleman on the other, the accessory has remained intact for about 400 years – in most examples the fabric has deteriorated significantly.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Liberty wool cape featured on BBC's Antiques Roadshow

03 February 2020

With estimates from £200-5000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Queen Victoria's garments bought by Historic Royal Palaces at Hansons

27 January 2020

While items of Queen Victoria’s clothing are not a rare sight at auction, a collection on offer in Derbyshire proved of high enough quality to attract bidding from a world-famous collection of royal dress.

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Bonhams opens its handbag department

13 January 2020

Bonhams has bolstered its luxury division by launching a dedicated handbag and fashion department.

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Bonhams launches fashion and handbags auctions in Knightsbridge

07 January 2020

A handbag and fashion department has been created within Bonhams’ luxury division in its Knightsbridge saleroom.

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A second chance to travel with a rare Louis Vuitton trunk

02 December 2019

Collectors who missed out on a rare late 19th century cabin trunk at auction last week have the chance to buy another in West Sussex this coming Friday.

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Little Vintage Lover Fairs heads back to the Norfolk coast

25 November 2019

Launched in Norfolk 10 years ago by local Zoe Keegan, the Little Vintage Lover Fairs team will be back at the same venue where it all started in the pretty coastal village of Blakeney for the winter Christmas fair on Sunday, December 1, at the village hall.

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Second hand campaign may boost market for vintage clothes

16 September 2019

The charity Oxfam estimates that it saves about 47 million items of clothing a year from landfill. Its new superstore in Oxford is promoting Oxfam’s 'Second Hand September' campaign with the aim of encouraging people to buy vintage instead of new clothes.

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New face at Clerkenwell fair

26 August 2019

London-based vintage costume jewellery dealer Amanda Bhatia, aka Dottie Annie’s Vintage, is a new exhibitor at the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair.

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Prince Albert’s royal dressing gown to return to palace after auction

13 August 2019

A dressing gown worn by Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert (1819-61) has been bought by the Historic Royal Palaces and will go on display at Kensington Palace.

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Louis Vuitton trunk shifts at £7200

15 July 2019

Pleased as the vendors were to be told by Gloucestershire auctioneer Martin Lambert that a 1920s trunk from their late parents’ home could be worth £2000, they were happier when pre-sale interest in Tayler & Fletcher’s recent sale brought a revised estimate of £2500-4000.

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A fashion never out of fashion

15 July 2019

With interest high in vintage clothing, we ask fair organisers for their views on the market.

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Giant boots go under the hammer in Cumbrian auction 12 years after Antiques Roadshow appearance

11 July 2019

Two giant right boots, made as a marketing gimmick to advertise a Lancashire shoe shop, will be offered at 1818 Auctioneers next month.

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Surprise new custodian of the Cornish manor has a clear-out

08 July 2019

The story of Cornish care worker Jordan Rogers, who proved he was the illegitimate son and legitimate heir to a £50m Penrose mansion, made national headlines in May. It also had a knock-on effect in the auctioneering world.

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We do like to buy beside the seaside

08 July 2019

Two events taking place in the north and south of England offer array of vintage delights

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Antique silk top hats in demand ahead of Royal Ascot racing events

14 June 2019

Retailer Oliver Brown has reported a boost in the sale of antique silk top hats ahead of Royal Ascot next week.

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Queen’s childhood dress with matching silk knickers offered at Kerry Taylor Auctions

06 June 2019

A group of six dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret when they were children will be offered at vintage fashion specialist Kerry Taylor Auctions later this month.

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