‘Madame X’ gown to grace runway at Kaminski sale June 7
A cocktail hour is planned prior to the auction beginning at 5 p.m.
The highlight of the sale is an iconic Luis Estévez gown, an exact replica of the dress featured in the John Singer Sargent painting Madame X. American-born Madame Pierre Gautreau posed for Sargent’s famous painting, which caused a scandal at the time. In 1960 Dina Merrill posed in a replica of the same gown designed by Luis Estévez for fashion photographer Milton H. Greene for Life magazine.
The article read: “Milton Greene’s classic shot features the American actress and Post Cereal heiress Dina Merrill regally attired in Cuban-born, American fashion designer Luis Estévez’s low-cut black crepe tribute to the famous Sargent painting. Originally published in Life magazine in 1960.”
The prosperity of the 1950s in America saw the rise of the American fashion industry, and Estévez was a pillar of that new foundation. His name was synonymous with designers like Mainbocher, Pauline Trigere, Arnold Scaasi and Norman Norell.
Estévez began designing under his own name in 1955. A year later, after marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco, actress Grace Kelly chose a design by Estévez for her first royal portrait. In 1968 the designer moved to Southern California and was a favorite of Hollywood’s royalty, and designed gowns for Nancy Regan and Betty Ford.
Kate La Chance, Kaminski’s vintage clothing specialist has put together a unique and diverse collection spanning 1950s styles, 1970s retro shift dresses, Bodin knits for vintage collectors to contemporary designer clothing. Designer labels such as Chanel, Gianfranco Ferre, Christian Dior and Ferragamo are included in the sale, as well as costume jewelry, handbags, shoes and hats.
For more information go to to www.kaminskiauctions.com or call 978-927-2223.
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