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.

Elizabeth II dress

Dress worn by young Elizabeth II sells at Kerry Taylor

12 June 2024

A cotton dress worn by Elizabeth II and kept by her nanny was sold by Kerry Taylor Auctions in London yesterday.

Chen Yi robe

Chinese artist’s silk robe emerges at Paris auction

05 June 2024

The auction house Aponem is selling works from the collection amassed by the Franco-Chinese artist, pianist, painter and poet Cheng Zhifan (1924-2021) who came to France in 1951.

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Marble reliefs impress at sale of George Farrow collection at Roseberys

04 June 2024

The ornate collection of 567 lots including tapestries and bronze sculptures from China, the Middle East and Europe went under the hammer at the London auction house

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Dealer loses entire fair stock in van theft

03 June 2024

A Colchester dealer has warned the trade of the risk of van thefts after his own vehicle, containing his entire stock for a fair, was taken from his driveway.

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Floral dress worn by young Elizabeth II goes to auction

28 May 2024

Worn by the late Queen around 1930 and kept by her nanny ever since, the cotton dress goes to auction in June

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Eye on the needle for Firsts fair

20 May 2024

A book elaborately illustrated with needle-work samples and commemorating Queen Victoria’s first trip to Ireland as monarch was one of the standout sales as 'Firsts London’s Rare Book Fair' opened.

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Variety of homewares prove popular at Vintage Home Show

20 May 2024

Organiser of a series of shows says curation means traders are offering a wide range of items

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ATG Letter: ‘The first black person depicted on a sampler’

13 May 2024

Two readers add to the discussion on the depiction of a figure in a sampler

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‘First black person to be depicted on a sampler’

29 April 2024

Jeremy Knight, a book collector and the former curator of Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, believes he has purchased an artwork that is “the earliest-known illustration of a black person on an English sampler”.

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Show celebrates five decades of sumptuous costume jewellery

22 April 2024

An Oscar de la Renta orange flower vintage necklace offered for £385 is one of the highlights of an exhibition celebrating five decades of costume jewellery held at The Design Gallery.

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Plea to raise final £40,000 for Kelmscott Manor’s Samson tapestries

17 April 2024

The Society of Antiquaries and the Kelmscott Campaign Group, led by antiques dealer Martin Levy, are hoping to raise the final £40,000 needed to conserve Kelmscott Manor’s Samson tapestries.

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Louis Vuitton miniature trunk flies over estimate in Maine

08 April 2024

Correct in detail, material and quality of construction, down to brass hardware, stencilled cloth and monogrammed leather trim’, a miniature Louis Vuitton trunk sold for $7500 (£5900) at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium).

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Extraordinary mourning gown shows its Worth

08 April 2024

A sale titled Vintage for Valentines at Augusta Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Bellows Falls, Vermont, was topped by an extraordinary printed chiffon outfit by the Parisian fashion house Worth.

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Subject matter boosts sampler to over 80 times estimate

08 April 2024

Embroidered samplers can appeal to buyers for all kinds of different reasons.

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Ann and Gordon Getty lots: all gone, including the kitchen sink

01 April 2024

Doulton washroom elements provide surprise as final items from extensive collection come to auction

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Calder’s tapestries – the South American versions

01 April 2024

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) first produced designs for tapestries made at the Aubusson factory in the early 1960s.

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Textiles fair weaves an Indian pattern

01 April 2024

Handmade quilts, jackets, shawls, cushions and bags from Rajasthan will be on offer at textiles fair

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Decorative textiles to brighten the home

18 March 2024

There have been various trends around decorative textiles recently, including a move to curtains from blinds, as well as a desire for wall hangings, rugs and bed covers – any soft furnishing fabric to brighten up the home.

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Trend setters: Are interior design influencers all hype or helping the market?

18 March 2024

Are influencers driving this market or is it just hype? We talk to dealers to find out what is really in demand and why.

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Victorian sampler returns to Berkswell primary school where it was created

11 March 2024

Historic school acquires needlework created by a former pupil

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