Passion for Fashion

Passion for Fashion

Lot: 1 to 211 - 12th Dec, 2023 9:30 GMT+1/BST
Lot: 212 to 422 - 12th Dec, 2023 14:00 GMT+1/BST

Lots: 426

 

We are back to tempt you again for our final sale of the year!

The star of the show this time is Elizabeth Taylor’s Christian Dior couture Soirée à Rio 'Oscars' dress, Spring-Summer 1961, by Marc Bohan (Lot 422). This historic gown, along with a selection of elegant pieces from the late Hollywood icon’s wardrobe, comprise Lots 407-422 in the sale. The majority of these items were gifted to close family friends Gaston and Elizabeth Sanz. Mr Gaston Sanz had worked for Elizabeth Taylor since the 1950s and was one of her most trusted and longest serving employees.

We are thrilled to include the jaw-dropping collection of Vivienne Westwood from Baby Mary (Lots 244-296). Baby Mary’s bright pink vintage boutique 'Miss Faline', located in Tokyo, Japan, has garnered a cult following, enticing fashion hunters from all around the world through its doors. Her collection includes pieces so rare we could previously only dream of them, such as Lot 274, the ‘baby’ corset featuring a detail from the painting 'Catharina Hooft with her Nurse' by Frans Hal, 1619-20, 'Always On Camera' collection, Autumn-Winter 1992-93. Lot 278 comprises a rare faux-fur corset and mini-skirt and Lot 277 a faux fur cape, both key looks from the 'Anglomania' collection, Autmn-Winter 1993-94. The latter is famously seen on the runway, worn backwards by Kate Moss. Also included are not one but three crowns to choose from (Lots 246, 247 & 285), and to complete the look: a faux-ermine capelet, as worn by Sarah Stockbridge in the iconic image captured by Nick Knight for the 'Harris Tweed' collection, Autumn-Winter 1987-88 (Lot 245).

Also starring in this sale is The Sue Clowes collection (Lots 192-209). The important English fashion and textile designer came to prominence during the post-punk era of British fashion. Clowes created a cultural cocktail of offbeat imagery and her vibrant designs, which utilised paper stencilling and primary colours, helped defined the emerging New Wave style. Her designs were popularised by key early 80s bands and artists, such as Culture Club, Bananarama, Nina Hagen, Jennie Bellestar, Toya Wilcox, Psychedelic Furs, and Depeche Mode.

For those of you in need of a razzle-dazzle party dress for the festive season, Lots 353-405 comprise the Julien Macdonald archive of celebrity dress. These garments were set aside to lend to celebrities and VIPs for stage performances and red carpet events, many of them immediately recognisable from press images such as ‘that dress’ worn by Emily Ratanovski at the Harper's Bazaar Icons Awards in 2016. And for the ultimate party gown, look no further than Lot 406: Brooke Shield's Vivienne Westwood couture ballgown, worn for her starring role in the Christmas film ‘A Castle For Christmas', 2021.

There is an extraordinary selection of original 1930s costumes designed by Erté for the Bal Tabarin in Paris (Lots 89-95). These daring outfits saw performers transformed into scantily clad sea monsters, evil flowers, tigers, leopards and panthers, or even wearing nothing at all except for a shimmering sequin-scaled velvet snake draped around their bodies. While this Poiret-trained designor and illustrator’s drawings often fetch large sums at auction, it is not often we see costumes coming to market, not least originals from his heyday on the Parisian cabaret scene. If you are a fan of Moulin Rouge then these lots are for you!

Historic dress is also well represented in the sale with an exceptionally rare infant's pierced iron corset from the early 17th century, appearing more akin to plate armour than the flexible boned corsets we are more typically accustomed to seeing. And the robes worn by Henry Nevill 2nd Earl of Abergavenny to the coronation of King George IV, 19th July, 1821 (Lot 71) are so rich with gold thread that their shimmering brilliance makes them appear as if they were made only yesterday!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to assisting you with your bids!



 

Morning session, lots 1-211, begins at 09:30am. The afternoon session, lots 212-422, will begin at 2pm.

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Lot 55 - British Vogue, 1974, complete run

Sold for £1,800

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 56 - British Vogue, 1975, complete run

Sold for £1,600

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 57 - British Vogue, 1976, complete run

Sold for £1,600

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 58 - British Vogue, 1977, complete run

Sold for £1,600

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 59 - British Vogue, 1978, part run

Sold for £1,600

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 60 - 31 issues of Art Goût Beauté, 1927-29

Sold for £1,900

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 61 - A bound volume of French Vogues, 1926

Sold for £2,000

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 62 - A rare infant's pierced iron corset, probably French, early 17th century

Sold for £8,000

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 63 - A fine Charles II beadwork mirror, the beadwork English, circa 1660

Sold for £7,000

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 68 - Nine finely beaded purses and reticules, 1820s-60s

Sold for £600

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 69 - A gentleman's finely embroidered frock coat, 1790-1800

Sold for £1,800

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 70 - A gentleman's silver embroidered waistcoat, early 19th century

Sold for £900

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 72 - Queen Victoria's silk stockings, late 19th century

Sold for £700

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 73 - George Barbier original design for 'Le Rendez-vous', 1919

Sold for £1,500

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 76 - George Barbier original design for 'L'isle Mysterieuse', 1919

Sold for £650

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 79 - An Asuit/Azute evening coat, late 1920s

Sold for £500

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 80 - A good Mariano Fortuny stencilled black velvet gown, 1920s

Sold for £2,600

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 82 - A Mariano Fortuny Delphos, 1920s-30s

Sold for £6,000

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 83 - A Mariano Fortuny Peplos, 1920s-30s

Sold for £3,500

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 84 - A Mariano Fortuny gold stencilled gauze robe, 1920s-30s

Sold for £750

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 85 - A Worth couture black satin bias-cut evening gown, early 1930s

Sold for £360

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 86 - A couture black sequined shawl, attributed to Chanel, 1935

Sold for £850

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 88 - A rare Schiaparelli couture day dress, late 1930s-early 1940s

Sold for £3,000

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 89 - An Erté sequinned ensemble for 'Les Fleurs du Mal', 1930s

Sold for £1,500

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 90 - Four Erté sequined feline costumes, 1930s

Sold for £1,300

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 91 - An Erté sequined costume titled 'La Mer' circa 1937

Sold for £1,700

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 92 - A group of Erté sequined circus costumes, 1930s

Sold for £1,800

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 93 - Four Erté gold and pink sequinned halterneck bodies for 'Mètal', 1930s

Sold for £1,100

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 94 - A group of Erté stage costumes and accessories, 1930s

Sold for £1,600

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 95 - An Erté sequined gold lamé coat, 1930s

Sold for £750

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 98 - A Balenciaga couture Spanish-inspired lace dress, Spring-Summer 1950

Sold for £3,600

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 99 - A fine Balenciaga couture black moiré evening coat, Autumn-Winter 1952

Sold for £3,000

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 100 - An unusual Christian Dior couture wrap-around dress, 1950-51

Sold for £1,500

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 101 - A Christian Dior London Cinderella-blue organza cocktail dress, 1953-55

Sold for £2,200

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 102 - A Christian Dior London black slubbed silk dinner dress, circa 1953

Sold for £320

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 103 - A Christian Dior London cocktail ensemble, circa 1954

Sold for £1,500

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 105 - A Christian Dior black faille evening gown, mid 1950s

Sold for £850

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 107 - A Christian Dior brown taffeta ballgown, circa 1955

Sold for £3,800

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 108 - A Christian Dior London shot-green taffeta evening gown, circa 1955

Sold for £2,000

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 111 - A Christian Dior for export chiné taffeta cocktail dress, circa 1956

Sold for £2,000

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)

Lot 115 - A Christian Dior black crêpe dinner dress, circa 1958

Sold for £550

Buyer's premium: 25% (exclusive of VAT)