Jet-setter’s wardrobe departing via Kerry Taylor auction Oct. 7

Hanna Smart climbing a tree in the Victorio & Lucchino dress, part of lot 347. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Hanna Smart climbing a tree in the Victorio & Lucchino dress, part of lot 347. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

LONDON – The eclectic and fun wardrobe of Hannelore Smart, wife of the late British circus impresario Billy Smart Jr., is a highlight of Kerry Taylor Auctions’ early autumn antique and vintage fashion and textiles auction on Oct. 7. Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Hannelore Nagel, a beautiful German stewardess, met Smart on a Pan Am flight from London to Los Angeles in 1973. They were instantly attracted, fell in love and  married just five weeks later on a beach in Acapulco.

Smart was the 10th and youngest child of the legendary founder of the world famous Billy Smart Circus. During the 1960s, Smart Jr. had earned himself a reputation as a ladies’ man and enjoyed well-publicised liaisons with Jayne Mansfield, Shirley Bassey and Diana Dors. Hannelore, with her striking looks, fun-loving personality and fabulous figure was to be his life-long companion until his death in 2005.

The couple traveled the world, mixed with the jet set and generally had an all-round good time. Hannelore always dressed the part and her wardrobe was both eclectic and extensive.

During the ’80s and ’90s she donned figure-hugging garments by Alaia, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Mugler. In the ’90s she experimented with Westwood and Commes des Garcons. One of her dresses, a 1983 Mugler is dyed the same shade of magenta as her favorite Rolls-Royce. Her collection includes not only clothing but shoes, bags, sunglasses and ski suits – she even had a ski helmet by Chanel.

The wardrobe will be dispersed over two sales – the first set in our Oct. 7 auction and the remainder in our Passion for Fashion sale in early December. This collection reflects the wardrobe of a woman of great humor, personality and style.

A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.

For details, contact Kerry Taylor Auctions at 0044 (0)208 676 4600 or info@kerrytaylorauctions.com.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Hanna Smart climbing a tree in the Victorio & Lucchino dress, part of lot 347. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Hanna Smart climbing a tree in the Victorio & Lucchino dress, part of lot 347. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Hannelore Smart (right) wearing the Mugler dress in lot 346 standing next to her Rolls Royce, which is painted a matching shade of magenta. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Hannelore Smart (right) wearing the Mugler dress in lot 346 standing next to her Rolls Royce, which is painted a matching shade of magenta. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Hannelore Smart wearing a Lily Farouche red satin ski suit, 1980s. Estimate: £100-150. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Hannelore Smart wearing a Lily Farouche red satin ski suit, 1980s. Estimate: £100-150. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 340, Vivienne Westwood tartan suit, 'Five Centuries Ago' collection, Autumn-Winter, 1997-98. Estimate: £300-500. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 340, Vivienne Westwood tartan suit, ‘Five Centuries Ago’ collection, Autumn-Winter, 1997-98. Estimate: £300-500. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 338, an Azzedine Alaïa burgundy leather suit, 1980s. Estimate: £200-300. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 338, an Azzedine Alaïa burgundy leather suit, 1980s. Estimate: £200-300. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 333, an Azzedine Alaïa woven pink and blue wool suit, circa 1987. Estimate: £200-300. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 333, an Azzedine Alaïa woven pink and blue wool suit, circa 1987. Estimate: £200-300. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 347, four colorful 1980s ensembles including this red and black denim ladybird-spot jacket and ra-ra skirt and a Victorio & Lucchino yellow and grey pleated taffeta cocktail dress with petal skirt. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 347, four colorful 1980s ensembles including this red and black denim ladybird-spot jacket and ra-ra skirt and a Victorio & Lucchino yellow and grey pleated taffeta cocktail dress with petal skirt. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 329, a group of Azzedine Alaïa accessories, early 1990s. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.

Lot 329, a group of Azzedine Alaïa accessories, early 1990s. Estimate: £150-250. Kerry Taylor Auctions image.