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London, United Kingdom
DoneMon, Dec 10, 2018 2:00 PM GMT

Passion for Fashion

Fashion ranges from sumptuous 18th century brocade gowns to the finest haute couture from every decade of the 20th century, including a Belle Époque masterpiece by Maison Worth. From the 1920s-30s we include couture rarities by Paul Poiret and Jean Patou. Our star couture lot is undoubtedly the Schiaparelli 'Hall of Mirrors' ensemble AW 1938-39, Zodiac collection (lot 70). From the 1960s there is a rare Paco Rabanne armour dress and another in purple leather of 1967 (lots 102 and 104); also a rare Pierre Cardin man's knitted wool jumpsuit (lot 107) and a couture sequined mini dress by Courrèges (lot 106). From the 1970s, we have Saint Laurent's couture 'Le Smoking' shorts ensemble as well as evening wear groovy London designers such as Zandra Rhodes, and Ossie Clark. The 1980s includes a fabulous, complete Westwood/McLaren 'Hobo' collection Matisse toga dress and accessories (lot 153) as well as John Galliano's recently re-discovered show-piece yellow wool coat from AW 89-90 (lot 159). The 2000s are well represented by Alexander McQueen including an iconic tartan highland-inspired dress from his 'Widows of Culloden' collection, AW 2006-7 (lot 206) and the more abstract black Aran knit 'tyre' dress from 'Horn of Plenty', AW 2009 (lot 213). Our Royalty section is stronger than ever – including three rare 1870s mourning bodices worn by Queen Victoria, with associated letters and a small group of infant garments originally worn by Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret (lots 221-227). In 1994, two Princess Diana garments were purchased from a second-hand shop in Hereford, having been taken there by a housekeeper working for one of Diana's close friends. These comprise: a Chelsea Design Co smart navy wool blazer with gilt buttons (lot 249); as well as the highly formal and beautiful Emanuel evening gown the Princess wore on an official visit to Bahrain in 1986 (lot 252).