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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Designer’s textiles revived for the modern day

17 February 2020

A UK-based design studio trio last year took over the UK licence to the archive of Florence Broadhurst, an Australian designer whose whirlwind life came to a tragic end in 1977.

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Rugs and carpets move on up at latest staging of London fair

10 February 2020

The latest staging of The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair was marked by strong sales of carpets and fewer big-ticket sales, according to organiser and exhibitor Aaron Nejad.

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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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Organiser Bentleys Fairs holds another 1920s themed event in Brighton

27 January 2020

To celebrate the centenary this year of the Roaring Twenties, Sharon Blagrove of Bentleys Fairs is adding a second themed 1920s event in Sussex to her portfolio this year.

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Pop Up Vintage Fairs launch new Islington event

27 January 2020

Another new fair launch, this time from Pop Up Vintage Fairs.

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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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London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair saddles up for the 10th time

13 January 2020

The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year on the mezzanine of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park.

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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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Pick of the week: Embroidery panels point to six figures

06 January 2020

A sale of art and antiques from a Worcestershire manor house included the rare appearance at auction of two examples of Opus Anglicanum.

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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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