RESURRECTION: AVANT-GARDE FASHION at Christie’s London
When vintage fashion historians of the caliber of Katy Rodriguez and Mark Haddaway get together to curate an auction for Christie’s, you know the catalog is going to be brimming with he most coveted fashion of the 20th century.
The authoritative vintage duo of Resurrection NY and LA fame has curated the collection which will go under the hammer Thursday, October 30. Titled Resurrection Avant Garde, the collection feautres some of the most cutting edge designers of last 60 years. This auction is basically mecca for all of us interested in vintage clothing.
Some of the most intriguing, and potentially highest fetching, pieces are rare examples of space age and modern design from Paco Rabanne, Rudy Grenreich, Courreges, and a particularly rare “satellite cape” by Pierre Cardin. In other words, the who’s who of cutting edge fashion design of the ’60s.
I’m always fascinated by the uber mod, space age designs of Pierre Cardin. If I had a home big enough to house mannequins displaying collectible garments, I’d invite people over to take a look at my “sculpture”. Or maybe I’d just sit and stare at them with a glass of wine. One can wish. I’m particularly interested to see how much the 1967 Paco Rabanne wedding dress goes for. It is estimated at £10,000. The eccentric wedding dress was designed for a Middle Eastern bride, but she never wore it. The dress is a cacophony of small white leather rectangles and aluminum, but for the anti-bride, it’s a beautiful work of art.
Other avant garde fashion history makers will include my favorite Vivienne Westwood, with pieces from her Sex, Seditionaries and Pirates collections, and the most famous names in avant garde fashion, Norma Kamali, Zandra Rhodes, and Issey Miyake, British favorite Ossie Clark, and the late Yves Saint Laurent will also be on the auction block.
Rather than give you a fashion history lesson, check out the Vintage Fashion Guild’s Label Resource, as they have one of the most comprehensive history guides with label images on the web. Maybe I can even recommend some fashion history books in another post!
You can check out some stunning images at Telegraph.co.uk. Be sure to check out the Christie’s page and peruse the hundreds of pieces of eye candy for you vintage viewing pleasure.
I’d love to see your faves!
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