DoneTue, Dec 08, 2015 9:00 AM EST
Passion for Fashion
The sale opens with a mixture of Hermès handbags and Chanel jewellery ? which could make tempting Christmas gifts? We also have the most perfect Christmas dress of all - a Pierre Balmain haute couture velvet dress 1955, covered with Lesage embroidered three-dimensional holly and berries (lot 81) ? you just need a 24 inch waist! Lot 16, the richly embroidered royal blue velvet ladies shoes circa 1650 are an astonishing survival. Any costume of this period is rare ? but shoes even more so. They belonged to Mary Radcliffe, the daughter of Sir John Racliffe of Ordsall Hall, Lancashire. Also from the 17th century we have lot 13, a Milanese bobbin lace ?falling? collar believed to have belonged to the ?Martyr King? ? Charles I and worn by him on the scaffold. Lot 15 is an embroidered buff leather glove believed to have been given to a loyal supporter the day before the King?s execution. From the ?Father of Haute Couture?, Englishman Charles Frederick Worth, we have a fabulous cut-velvet and orange satin ball gown, 1880-85, made for the beautiful Spanish aristocrat the Marquesa de Castrillo. From Schiaparelli?s Zodiac collection, we have arguably one of her most beautiful creations ? the ?Hall of Mirrors? jacket, A/W 1939 (lot 80). For this collection Elsa was inspired by astrology and the baroque magnificence of the Palace of Versailles. We have an extremely early Balenciaga haute couture dress from 1937 (lot 62) but also one of the last and most iconic of his creations made at the end of career ? the bridal gown worn by Almudena Elorza Losada in June 1968 (lot 106). All the ?Greats? are represented in this sale ? Balmain, Balenciaga, Chanel, Cardin, Courrèges, Dior, Fortuny, Kawakubo, Lanvin, Miyake, McQueen, Rabanne, Saint Laurent, Schiaparelli, Vionnet, Westwood, Worth and Yamamoto. Each piece in the sale has been selected for its excellence, rarity or beauty and we hope you enjoy perusing the catalogue.
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