Vintage Fashion & Textiles

Marilyn Monroe’s record-breaking ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ dress, which sold for $1.2m in 1999; Olivier Coutau-Begarie’s two-day sale of 5000 pieces of antique silks tapestries and embroideries from the House of Hamot; the lively vintage fashion fairs held around the country every month – each has its own place in the world of fashion and textile collecting.

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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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Positive thoughts in the bleak Van Diemen’s Land

02 December 2019

This rare sampler, just 6in (15cm) across, was completed by a girl from the Queens Orphan School in Van Diemen’s Land (the island of Tasmania) in 1838.

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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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Thirty dealers in attendance at London's specialist textiles and tribal art event

04 November 2019

Thirty of the top textiles and tribal art dealers will be exhibiting at the 'London Antique Textiles & Tribal Art Fair' at the Hilton Olympia in Kensington High Street on Sunday, November 10.

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The web shop window: Caucasian runner from Legge Antique Carpets

28 October 2019

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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Gauntlet thrown down for last time but not accepted

28 October 2019

One curiosity from a book and manuscript sale held by Christie’s (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) on July 10, this kid glove or gauntlet represents the final challenge to trial by battle in English legal history.

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5 Questions with Meg Andrews

07 October 2019

Meg Andrews deals in antique dress and textiles and is a consultant to the Heritage Lottery and museums. She promotes textiles as hangings for interiors.

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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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Pick of the week: Museum wraps up sale of coveted coverlet

09 September 2019

The National Museums of Scotland has been revealed as the buyer of the Storrar Coverlet – a rare woollen textile withdrawn at the 11th hour from a sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh in August.

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Textile Society supports talented student

09 September 2019

The Textile Society has run antique and vintage textiles fairs in Manchester for the past 20 years with its annual London event launching in 2009. Proceeds from these 40-plus standholder events help to fund the society’s awards and bursaries.

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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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Contents of grand Cotswolds home create auction result right at the top of expectations

12 August 2019

Private buying dominated as Essex saleroom Sworders (23% buyer’s premium) offered the selected contents of a Cotswold manor house.

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Venetian travel poster, diamond clutch bag and a puffin painting – four auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

09 August 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a Venetian travel poster of a gondolier, a diamond evening clutch bag and a painting of a lady with a puffin.

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Metalware provides a wide price range for buyers to ponder

05 August 2019

Metalware in all its forms played a major part in the development of the Bauhaus and recent sales contained examples in every price range.

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Textiles testament to the past on show from dealer's collection

05 August 2019

Patchworks stitched together by successive generations in poor Japanese communities offered in Kensington exhibition

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Carpet flies at first rug and textile event

22 July 2019

A north-west Persian carpet in the Esfahan style c.1700, offered for a price in excess of €30,000 by Massoud Milani from Paris, was one of the leading sales at the first HALI Fair in London’s Mall Galleries.

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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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