Vintage, Antique Textiles & Passion for Fashion

Vintage, Antique Textiles & Passion for Fashion

Lot: 1 to 265 - Tue, 15th Jun 2021 10:00 GMT+1/BST
Lot: 266 to 481 - Tue, 15th Jun 2021 14:30 GMT+1/BST

Catalogue: Download PDF catalogue
Lots: 483

At last our summer 2021 auction catalogue is now available to view online. This all-day fashion extravaganza begins with more accessible and sometimes highly wearable vintage fashion and accessories. These date from  the 1820s (lot 2, an ecru slubbed silk spencer), through lavish silk and velvet Victorian fashions, stylish garments from the attic of an artistic family - 1914-1920, as well as rails of printed and beaded chiffons, bias-cut lamé gowns, floating powder-pink ostrich feather capelets and more - all from the glamorous decades of the 1920s and 30s right through to Issey Miyake of the 1980s.

Our afternoon session opens with around 60 lots of antique textiles from around the world, including a fine embroidered cover (Colcha), Spanish or Portuguese, late 16th-early 17th century (lot 268), and the final chapter of the late Dr. Joan Coleman shawl collection, which features an array of French, Norwich, Paisley and Kashmir examples.

Our much-anticipated ‘Passion for Fashion’ section makes up the final chapter of the sale, featuring the crème de la crème of haute couture by all the greats including Paul Poiret, Yves Saint Laurent, Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Balmain and Valentino Garavani.

We are again honoured to include treasures from the renowned Sandy Schreier collection: her unerring taste and excellent eye are reflected in this selection – including  ‘L’Imperatrice’ – a magnificent example of Chanel haute couture by Karl Lagerfeld  - a crinolined navy silk gown, Spring-Summer 1984, complete with faux blister pearl and gilt chain martingale - arguably one of Lagerfeld's most iconic and important creations ever for the House of Chanel (lot 334).

Cutting-edge fashion pieces include futuristic designs by Pierre Cardin and early pieces by John Galliano. One of the more fascinating collections is a group of rare and early original McQueen runway pieces, often quite crudely put together and probably sewn by Lee Alexander McQueen himself. Many are prototypes or one-offs and were gifted by Lee to a friend/colleague at the time. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to obtain pieces from ‘Banshee’, ‘Highland Rape', ‘The Hunger’ and ‘Dante’.

For Royal fans, we have a precious collection of tiny accessories once worn by Queen Victoria’s children, lovingly kept by their nanny, Mrs. Thurston, and passed down through her family (lot 347, estimate £2,000-3,000), as well as gowns worn by Sarah Ferguson of the 1980s. A highlight of the sale was worn by a different type of British royalty: the bikini worn by the late, great, Dame Barbara Windsor in the infamous comedic scene from the 1969 film ‘Carry On Camping’. A national treasure and bona fide cockney Queen, Barbara sadly died of Alzheimer's in December 2020 at the grand age of 83. She used to joke that the infamous bikini would ‘follow her to the end’- and as it turns out, she was right!  The proceeds of this lot quite fittingly are being donated by the vendor to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Despite the ongoing challenges caused by lockdown restrictions, we have worked (and will continue to work) steadily behind the scenes to bring you the finest fashion in the world. We hope you enjoy browsing the catalogue just as much as we have enjoyed preparing it for you. The team at KTA look forward to assisting you with condition reports and bids - either in person by appointment, or virtually online and - who knows - we may even see some of you in the flesh! We have missed you.

Lot 1 - Dorset buttons, late 18th-early 19th century

Sold for £160

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

Lot 2 - An ecru slubbed silk spencer, late 1820s

Sold for £550

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

Lot 3 - A printed wool day dress, circa 1850

Sold for £150

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

Lot 4 - A gown of violet Mauveine taffeta, 1850s

Sold for £850

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

Lot 5 - Eight silk bodices, mainly 1860s

Sold for £360

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

Lot 6 - A Japonisme printed cotton undress robe, late 1870s-early 1880s

Sold for £360

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

Lot 7 - A group of Victorian clothing, 1850s-1880s

Sold for £600

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

Lot 8 - A good group of black fichus, collars and capelets, 1880s-1890s

Sold for £240

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

Lot 9 - A group of mainly black clothing, 1890s-circa 1900

Sold for £200

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

Lot 10 - An interesting group of mainly theatrical costumes, 1880s-1960s

Sold for £340

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

Lot 11 - A midnight-blue velvet gown, circa 1890

Sold for £420

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

Lot 12 - A purple wool day dress, circa 1897

Sold for £280

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

Lot 13 - Seven autumnal and winter bodices, mainly 1890s

Sold for £650

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

Lot 14 - A group of evening and mourning fashions, mainly 1890s-1900

Sold for £420

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

Lot 15 - Three silk gowns in shades of green and brown, 1890s-1910s

Sold for £500

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

Lot 16 - A pair of black quilted satin carriage boots, 19th century

Sold for £350

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

Lot 18 - Five pairs of shoes and boots, 1890s-1930

Sold for £480

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

Lot 19 - A floral printed blue and white striped cotton gown, circa 1905

Sold for £1,500

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

Lot 20 - A group of mainly summertime daywear, mostly 1900-1910s

Sold for £750

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

Lot 21 - A group of Edwardian summer whites, 1900-1910s

Sold for £750

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

Lot 22 - An Irish crochet and cutwork linen jacket, circa 1910

Sold for £420

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

Lot 23 - A group of mainly winter daywear in neutral tones, mainly 1910s

Sold for £550

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

Lot 24 - A group of déshabillé/undress garments and lingerie, circa 1910-12

Sold for £900

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

Lot 25 - Three black gowns and four evening bodices, 1910-1912

Sold for £1,200

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

Lot 26 - Three walking suits, 1911-1914

Sold for £1,100

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

Lot 27 - A black sequinned tulle gown, circa 1911

Sold for £300

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

Lot 28 - A large group of mainly black clothing, 1911-1918

Sold for £650

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

Lot 29 - Five full-length robes of draped cocoon silhouette, circa 1912

Sold for £650

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

Lot 30 - A beaded tulle tabard, circa 1915

Sold for £220

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

Lot 31 - Two Liberty printed silk day dresses, circa 1917

Sold for £1,600

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

Lot 35 - A quilted silk jacket with Ottoman-inspired embroidery, 1920s

Sold for £420

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

Lot 36 - A Liberty lamé shawl, 1920s

Sold for £650

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

Lot 37 - A beaded black chiffon and crêpe evening dress, early 1920s

Sold for £380

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

Lot 38 - A large group of clothing, mainly daywear, early 1920s

Sold for £650

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

Lot 39 - A trompe l'oeil beaded black muslin bodice, 1920s

Sold for £350

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

Lot 40 - A knitted silk jersey blouse with appliqued embellished panels, 1920s

Sold for £700

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

Lot 41 - Two good cloche hats, 1920s

Sold for £450

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

Lot 42 - A beaded evening purse, French, circa 1925

Sold for £100

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

Lot 43 - A group of accessories, mainly 1920s-30s

Sold for £600

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

Lot 44 - A beaded black chiffon evening ensemble, 1920s and later altered

Sold for £450

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

Lot 45 - A Marthe Pinchart jacquard silk jacket, mid 1920s

Sold for £350

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

Lot 46 - A dégradé beaded muslin flapper dress, mid 1920s

Sold for £150

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

Lot 47 - A pale pink velvet flapper dress, mid 1920s

Sold for £320

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

Lot 48 - A beaded pale yellow muslin flapper dress, circa 1925

Sold for £300

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