Lately, it seems like auction houses are taking cues from museums. Christie’s will be auctioning off Elizabeth Taylor’s estate in December, but decided to do a traveling exhibition along with a $300 catalog. For the vintage couture collector, I recommend paying a visit to Thierry De Maigret’s website. On November 22nd, there will be an vintage textile & couture auction. The offerings include: 300+ antique textiles, garments from the 18th and 19th century, and many 20th century ensembles from my favorite couturiers.
The exhibition catalog is available for purchase, and is free online! I’ve spent hours obsessing over my favorite pieces, also noting that the prices seem too good to be true! Amazing vintage couture for around the same price as today’s high-end ready-to-wear? It’s taking every bit of self restraint for me to NOT max out my credit card . . .
Bids can be placed online if you aren’t in Paris for the auction. I’d suggest making your holiday wish list now, because this auction is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to amass your own couture heaven – or add the right new acquisition to your existing collection.
This Madame Gres evening gown is well documented. It was in FÃ©mina Nov. 1947, p. 79. It was also illustrated by Germaine Krebs in 1946. This print is available on hprints.com – a must-have if you purchase the dress!!
Another interesting piece, also by Madame Gres, is this Balinese dancer costume. She made it for the dancer Muni in the 1943 ballet La France d’Outre mer, by H.R Lenormand. An image of the costume appeared in Marie-Claire’s 20 April 1943 article, le Mannequin dansant.
These images are just some of my favorites. View the catalog for yourself, and happy bidding!