Don’t you sometimes wish you could channel fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland (great documentary on her, here), whose phrasings became as legendary as her style? We can’t give you the gift of her speech, but how about acquiring some of her clothes and accessories? A small but very special collection are up for auction on the 25th June, including several pieces by Yves Saint Laurent, as well as quirkier items such as her ivory art-deco cigarette holder, and the remains of a the film-director style chair she used in her office at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and which bears her DV signature in red. It has an estimate of £100 – £150. Quite tempting, no?
The Vreeland lots aren’t the only goodies to look out for at this sale, either. Kerry Taylor’s Auctions are always filled with fashion treasures and it’s fascinating to look through her catalogues, even if you aren’t planning to bid. In this sale, as well as the Vreeland collection, there is a signed David Bowie jacket designed for the singer in 1985 by Kansai Yamamoto, which is be sold in aid of The Open Nest charity, and an Alexander McQueen beaded cocktail dress made for his friend and collaborator, the late Isabella Blow. There are Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags in various colours and skins, and pieces by the most important designers from every decade, from the Belle Époque onwards, including Fortuny and Schiaparelli, Lanvin, Chanel and Vionnet, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, and Saint Laurent. If you’re after a flapper dress, dreamy ball gown, or a piece of cutting edge fashion, this is the place to look. You’ll find something amazing. You can view the lots online or in person (see below for dates), and bid by phone, on the internet or most fun, by going to the auction yourself.