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DoneTue, Apr 28, 2015 5:00 AM EDT
London, UK
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Antique and Vintage Fashion and Textiles

10am GMT: Session 1: Lots 1 to 249 2pm GMT: Session 2: Lots 250 to end of sale Our April 28th sale features the Wendy Dagworthy archive (lots 260 to 280). Dubbed the 'High Priestess of British fashion' by the Daily Telegraph, she rose to prominence and became a key player in the London fashion scene of the 1980s (Betty Jackson worked as her assistant at that time). Dagworthy's signature look was for loose, layered clothing often accessorised with turbans or hats. The clothes were made of high quality, natural fibres often combined with Liberty prints or checked wools in heather-tones or vibrant pinks, reds and oranges. The collection charts her career with pretty, highly wearable pieces from her graduation show at Hornsey College of Art in 1971, sparkly lurex Glam Rock style jackets from her first commercial production in 1972 (which she also made for Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music), through to embroidered and tufted cotton ensembles from 1988 made just before the recession caused her business to fold. Many of the garments come from Wendy's own personal wardrobe. Our other significant grouping comes from the great collector, the late Harry Matthews, and is being sold in aid of the 'The Charlotte Dove Performing Arts Trust'. Harry was a founder member of the Costume Society, a founder member of the now defunct Friends of Fashion at the Museum of London and a trustee of the Kent Costume Trust. Although Harry made numerous large donations to British institutions during his lifetime and via bequests, his small terraced house was still brimful of boxes packed with carefully tissue-wrapped treasures including strong collections of reticules and shoes - lots 335 to 392. This sale is also notable for a large offering of women's wear including floral chiffon garden party gowns, summery cruise wear and shimmering lame bias cut evening wear. Shawl lovers will not be disappointed with Norwich, Spitalfields, Paisley and Kashmir examples.
 
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