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.

Picasso designed chair

Chair prices propelled higher thanks to Picasso

04 March 2024

A Parisian sale titled Pablo Picasso and his Friends staged at Piasa in France on February 15 included a series of artworks to which the great man had contributed in some way.

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Art Deco-era vanity cases highly sought by contemporary collectors

04 March 2024

Legend has it that Charles Arpels (of Van Cleef & Arpels fame) saw a lady friend stashing her lipstick and other cosmetics in an ordinary cigarette tin for a trip out on the town.

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Fashion accessory for a 1930s foxy lady

04 March 2024

An Arctic fox fur owned and worn by a 1930s movie star dubbed Britain’s answer to Ginger Rogers turned heads at a Derby saleroom.

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Well heeled in the 18th century – ladies’ shoes sell for four figures in North Yorkshire auction

04 March 2024

When it comes to period costume antique footwear can often command some of the strongest prices.

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Fashion fair for the style-savvy

05 February 2024

Among the vintage red-carpet moments at the recent Golden Globes film awards ceremony in Los Angeles, two actresses stood out. Elle Fanning wore a 1960s white silk gown by Pierre Balmain while Carey Mulligan looked to the archives for her exact replica vintage Schiaparelli dress from 1949.

Bayeux embroidery replica

Bayeux Museum buys Victorian replica of the famous tapestry from the collection of Rolling Stones drummer

31 January 2024

The Bayeux Museum in France has bought a life-size Victorian replica of the Bayeux tapestry from the Charlie Watts sale.

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Five questions with Joseph Sullivan of Textile Antiques

22 January 2024

Joseph Sullivan of Textile Antiques is one of the exhibitors at the London Antiques Run & Textile Art Fair running this week (January 23-28) at Evolution London, Battersea.

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Lampshade highlights the work of Quentin Bell, the last of Bloomsbury

22 January 2024

A lampshade painted by Quentin Bell sold for a remarkable £4700 when Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) dispersed the residual collection of Michael Evans in Macclesfield.

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Abigail and Maria’s sampler skills still celebrated today

22 January 2024

There is a huge disconnect today between the best and rest in the sampler world.

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Roman tapestry work of Romano

15 January 2024

Markus Voigt returns to the London Antique Rug & Textile Art (LARTA) Fair after some years away with a silk and wool tapestry fragment that stars as the main image for this year’s fair logo.

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Textiles take centre stage at fairs, exhibitions and auction

15 January 2024

Focus on quilt on offer at the first Decorative event of the year - which shares its venue with specialist fair LARTA

Lampshade

Quentin Bell lampshade takes nearly 40-times estimate

10 January 2024

A lampshade painted by Quentin Bell sold for a remarkable £4700 when Adam Partridge dispersed the residual collection of Michael Evans (Dayabandu).

A Turkoman asmalyk

Rare central Asian textile takes £26,000 at Gorringe's

09 January 2024

A 19th century silk weaving sold for 144 times the top-estimate in Lewes on January 8.

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Taylor made: fashion specialist Kerry to sell remarkable collection of actress Elizabeth

04 December 2023

Fashion specialist Kerry Taylor was astonished to receive an email containing images of actress Elizabeth Taylor’s Oscar dress from 1961.

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Specialist promotes folk art of the future

27 November 2023

Antiques-dealer-turned-artist Tom Hickman is the focus of this winter’s exhibition at Robert Young.

Charles II stumpwork panel

Dealer says stumpwork panel ‘of outstanding cultural significance’

20 November 2023

A dealer who bought a piece of 17th century stumpwork at the Robert Kime sale believes it may hold more significance for the history of race and gender than initially understood.

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Greek textiles wow on Pall Mall

20 November 2023

A near pair of Rhodian bed curtains were among the highlight sales at Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch’s recent exhibition 'Four Rivers from Eden: Works of Art and Paintings from the Islamic & Indian World'.

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The Russell Fling textiles collection goes under the hammer in Philadelphia

20 November 2023

Material Culture, Philadelphia specialists in ethnographic art, is selling the Russell S Fling collection of rugs and textiles on December 4.

Godfather Part II Suit

Robert De Niro’s ‘Godfather’ suit stars in our pick of five auction highlights

17 November 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a suit worn by Robert De Niro in a famous scene from ‘The Godfather Part II’ that more than doubled estimate at an auction in Hertfordshire.

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Twenty-five pairs of shoes to carry? This might just help

13 November 2023

Vintage Louis Vuitton luggage doesn’t get much better than the 1920s Malle Chaussures: a ‘made to order’ trunk with compartments for multiple pairs of shoes and ancillary drawers for shoehorns and a cleaning kit.

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