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London, United Kingdom
DoneTue, Feb 25, 2014 10:30 AM GMT

Antique and Vintage Fashion and Accessories

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS AUCTION IS IN 2 SESSIONS Session 1, 10.30am. Lots 1 - 200 Session 2, 1.30pm. Lots 201 to end of sale Henning Thorsen's collection has been sent to us from Denmark and reflects its Scandinavian origins. It includes pieces from the great Copenhagen department stores - Illum, Magasin du Nord and A. Fonnesbech, as well as Parisian houses and stores such as Charles Frederick Worth, Au Louvre and La Samaritaine. Many of the pieces are wearable, as Henning often collected garments that might be useful in his profession - as costume designer for film and television. He appreciated the skill and craftsmanship that had gone into clothes as well as the fabric or construction. One or two dresses soon grew to 50 then to 400. In the beginning Henning did not really see it as a collection - just pieces he needed to rescue or preserve as the skill and fabrics used in so many of these pieces is lost to us in modern times. It is a wide ranging collection that will appeal to both collectors and people who wish to buy to wear. Because the collection is so large it will be sold over two auctions - this one and the April 8th sale.Anne Dettmer's superb collection majors in fabulous American fashion which adds a dash of Hollywood glamour to the sale. Ceil Chapman, Irene, Adrian, Helen Rose who all designed for the leading film stars of the 1940s and 50s are well represented in her collection. With summer round the corner (we hope!) we have Hawaiian beach-wear by Alfred Shaheen and Cole of California (Anne Dettmer collection), as well as sunglasses by Philippe Chevalier, Courreges and others. Spring brides may be tempted by our vintage bridal wear or boxes of vintage silk flowers. We have carefully curated the sale to appeal to all tastes and pockets be it Victorian daywear, 20s flapper dresses, 1980s Chanel jewellery or Moschino Lichtenstein print suits - there is something for everyone!