Vintage Fashion

The trendiest sector of the antiques market? With dedicated fairs and specialist auctions, this area draws both collectors looking for pieces of fashion history as well as buyers looking simply for something to wear.

Clothes worn by celebrities often make the headline prices but even more affordable pieces of costume by now-forgotten designers have their place in the market. 


Flat Iron Square

London Bridge vintage market launches a green-fingered Christmas

27 November 2017

‘Flea at Flat Iron Square’ near London Bridge has launched its festive events programme.

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The right robe for an artistic rebel

27 November 2017

An extraordinary example of British avant-garde clothing made on the eve of the First World War will be offered at auction in Oxford next month.

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Princess Diana in the spotlight at London fashion auction

18 November 2017

Featuring clothing and accessories from the 1600s-2010 – including dresses, coats, shoes, furs, handbags and costume jewellery - ATG offers a handful of highlights ahead of Kerry Taylor Auction’s next Passion for Fashion sale.

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An open and shut case for rare Louis Vuitton box

16 October 2017

The European decorative arts that preceded the tribal session at John Nicholson’s (24% buyer's premium) on October 10 had included a handful of notable bids, not least the £14,500 (estimate £300-500) tendered by an Italian buyer for a small early 20th century Louis Vuitton leather box measuring just 11in (27cm) across.

Kangeroos

Novelty silver kangaroos help Fairfax auction jump to $1.74m at Leonard Joel

04 September 2017

Antiques owned by the late businessman James Fairfax caught the eye of buyers with a set of four Victorian novelty kangaroo salts among the highlights at the auction in Sydney.

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Royal children’s clothes and dolls go under the hammer in East Sussex

17 August 2017

Fascination with the royal family has been fuelled even further recently by the release of Netflix series The Crown which takes an intimate look at the public and private life of Queen Elizabeth II.

Oliver Brown

Antique silk top hat seller boosted by Royal Ascot

20 June 2017

London menswear specialist Oliver Brown has been boosted by sales of antique and vintage top hats ahead of racing and society event Royal Ascot which begins today.

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Fully vetted vintage fair returns to Paris for second edition

20 June 2017

One of the only high end vintage fairs is to return to Paris this November.

Bags

Birkin handbags lead Fellows’ auction of designer pieces

23 February 2017

Three Hermès Birkin handbags were among the leading pieces at Fellows’ latest Designer Collection auction this week.

Dior

Vintage glamour under the hammer at Catherine Southon auction of Dior costume jewellery

10 February 2017

Vintage Dior jewellery regularly takes thousands of pounds at auction, but buyers at an upcoming Catherine Southon sale have the chance to score some classic pieces at three-figure sums.

Christie's pop up

Christie’s France turns hand to retail with Christmas pop-up shop

12 December 2016

If a Chanel snow globe, a Fabergé bracelet or a blue table by Yves Klein are on the list for Father Christmas this year then head to Christie’s Paris showroom this weekend.

Peter Wilson vintage fashion

Vintage fashion fans strut into Cheshire for Peter Wilson auction

28 November 2016

An auction of the designer wardrobe of a socialite at Peter Wilson’s Nantwich saleroom attracted more than 100 people and raised £27,000.

Prince Felix Youssoupov costume

What the Russian Prince wore to the ball…

16 November 2016

Like many Russian aristocrats born in the later years of the 19th century, Prince Felix Youssoupov (1887-1967) lived an extraordinary life both before and after the Russian Revolution.

Hermès bag

Hermès Birkin: still the handbag of choice at auction

12 October 2016

The original ‘It’ bag, a Hermès Birkin, has proved yet again that it remains the world’s most desirable bag after setting an auction record for Fellows Auctioneers this week.

Brussels Point de Gaze bridal veil

From 18th century lace to 20th century Hermès and Christian Dior – vintage fashion at auction

05 October 2016

Kerry Taylor Auctions’ October sale will feature a wide range of antique lacework, from 17th century Italian needle lace to 19th century bridal veils and Brussels Point de Gaze flounces.

Wedding dress made from war maps

Home Front Vintage design wedding dress from Second World War maps

13 September 2016

We meet the imaginative designer who makes wedding dresses from repurposed silk 'escape and evade' war maps.

Bueche Girod gold watch

Memorabilia from rock band The Who to be auctioned

11 September 2016

A gold watch given by The Who drummer Keith Moon and John Entwistle’s Anello & Davide tan suede heeled boots are among the lots up for sale in the Film & Music Memorabilia Auction at Aston’s Auctioneers on September 15.

Marilyn Monroe’s famous dress

Marilyn Monroe’s famous dress to be auctioned

10 September 2016

The skin-tight sequined dress worn by Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe when she sung ‘Happy Birthday’ to the then-US President John F. Kennedy at a 1962 gala will go on sale at an auction in November with a £2.25m estimate.

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Birtwell Collection sale offers fashion one-offs

15 June 2015

Kerry Taylor Auctions are selling the Celia Birtwell Collection on June 23 in Bermondsey, south London.

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The best-dressed man in County Kilkenny

05 March 2015

This late 19th century Native American outfit proved the highlight of Fonsie Mealy’s latest sale in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, when it sold for €320,000 (£246,150).

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