LONDON – At the end of June, Sandy Stagg closed the shutters and padlocked the doors of her famous Antique Clothing Shop in Portobello Road for the last time. Now collectors will be able to own an item of vintage fashion or accessories from the well-known shop when more than 350 lots are offered at Kerry Taylor Auctions’ A Life in Vintage sale, to be held Wednesday, Sept. 17. Absentee and live Internet bidding will be available in this auction (see link at bottom).
The store closure was a poignant moment, as Stagg has spent the best part of her life lovingly collecting and trading in vintage clothes. Indeed, she was one of the first to specialize in the field, opening her first vintage boutique – the gone but not forgotten shop called Amelia Earhart Clothing Shop – in 1970.
For the last 15 years, Sandy Stagg’s shop in Portobello Road has been a magnet for designers, journalists and fashionistas the world over. Designers such as John Galliano, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen all visited as young students keen to explore the interesting and differing construction and textures of clothes from past decades. A new generation of collectors has discovered the beauty and quality of vintage clothing within its walls. Entering the shop felt like entering an Aladdin’s cave; from floor to ceiling it was filled with shimmering beaded flapper dresses, shelves stacked with antique lingerie or pretty floral blouses, richly colored antique shawls and a plethora of exquisite accessories.
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