Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Kerry Taylor Vintage Fashion Auctions

Above: 1987 Comme des Garçons dress, estimate £450 - £650.

London based Kerry Taylor Auctions are dedicated to selling vintage and antique fashion and textiles, and often they sell stunning, museum quality pieces. Their next sale is tomorrow (Wednesday 17th June 2009, at 2pm) and it includes many amazing items from pre 1800 right up to the 1990s. Just browsing the catalogue (here) is like visiting some sort of fantastical fashion museum online. Here's a selection of what will go under the hammer tomorrow:

1970s Hermès Kelly bags, estimated at £3,500 - £5,000 each.

As well as clothes and accessories, they sell vintage Vogues and fashion illustrations. Estimated at £400 - £600 is a collection of British Vogue from 1932 to 1934, or a collection of American Vogue from 1919 to 1927.

An English aristocrat's wedding dress from around 1825, estimated at £1,000 to £1,500.

1930s Jeanne Lanvin couture green velvet outfit, estimated at £600 - £1,000; love the detail of the sleeves.

Left, Christian Dior hat from 1967, estimated at £250 - £350; right, elegant 1938 Jeanne Lanvin coat, estimated at £600 - £1,000.

Left, 1954 Christian Dior cocktail dress, estimated at £300 - £500; right, 1950s Chanel dress, estimated at £250 - £400.

Autumn/winter 1952 Christian Dior Haute Couture, New Look era dress; estimated to sell between £6,000 and £8,000.

Left, autumn/winter 1959 Pierre Balmain dress, estimated at £800 - £1,200; right, spring/summer 1962 Balenciaga belted dress, estimated at £350 - £500.

Left, Christian Dior coat from autumn/winter 1952 estimated at £600 - £1,000; right, Yves Saint Laurent autumn/winter 1962 embellished dress, estimated at the same price.

Left: Marc Bohan for Christian Dior Spring/Summer 1962 dress, estimated at £600 - £1,000; right, 1970s Courrèges coat, estimated at £350 - £500.

Left: Pierre Cardin 1967 suit, estimated at £400 - £600; right, 1967 Courrèges suit, estimated at the same price.

Incredible 1955 Pierre Balmain ball gown, estimated to sell between £1,500 and £1,800.

Stunning autumn/winter 1976 Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Russian collection gown, estimated at £10,000 to £12,000.

Left, autumn/winter 1976 Yves Saint Laurent dress, estimated at £2,500 - £3,500; right, YSL
1979 dress, estimated at £400 - £600.

Yves Saint Laurent 1979 back-tie dress, estimated at £350 - £500.

Left, 1980s Lancetti embellished tuxedo jacket, estimated at £600 - £1,000; right, 1980s Thierry Mugler dress estimated at £400 - £600.

Paco Rabanne metal disc dress from the 80s and top from the 90s, estimated at £200 - £400 and £350 - £500 respectively.

Beautiful 1956 Cristobal Balenciaga black cocktail dress, estimated at £600 - £1,000.

Christian Lacroix 80s gathered back coat, estimated at £500 - £700.

Left, 1985 Thierry Mugler dress, estimated at £600 - £800; right, Versace spring/summer 1991 'Warhol' suit, estimated at £350 - £500.

Left, Azzedine Alaïa 1990s two-piece outfit, estimated at £400-600; right, Azzedine Alaïa 1980s denim ensemble estimated at the same price.

Left, Jean Paul Gaultier jacket from his autumn/winter 1986 'Russian Constructivist' collection, estimated at £800 - £1,000; right, Gaultier bubble print jumpsuit from the 90s, estimated at £200 - £300.

All that is really left for us to say is w-o-w, what a sale! For more information on all the lots featured here, and to see much more, visit kerrytaylorauctions.com (click "current sale" to see more of these lots). What's more, this isn't a one-off event and they hold sales regularly.. we can't wait to see more.

Update: the Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Russian Collection dress sold for £17,000 and the Christian Dior Haute Couture AW '52 dress also sold well above the estimate for £11,000. The 90s Gaultier bubble jumpsuit was unsold.. nobody was feeling the 90s/Absolutely Fabulous love.. See all sale results, and details of future sales, on the website (see above).


  1. i LOVE the dior hat and hermés bags!xx

  2. Hermes bags are to die for. I have one of those and its like one of my most priced possession. I wish I have enough balance so i can afford the black one! Thanks for sharing and more power to you!