Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Happy Holidays!

Claude Montana circa 1990
and a special present from us
a vintage Claude Montana fashion show

Have a fashion filled fabulous New Year!


Jeanne and Claude

Sunday, December 2, 2012

GORGEOUS GOWNS GOING...GOING...GONE...-Kerry Taylor Auctions

Lot 201
Estimate £400-600
Claude Montana
Lot 233
Estimate £400-600
Madame Grés 
Lot 193
 Estimate £600-1000

Can you guess which one is my favorite?

Kerry Taylor Auctions 
Passion for Fashion Auction
Dec. 4 at 2:00 pm
for a full catalog and on line bidding please visit

Sunday, October 14, 2012

WILL YOU MARRY ME? Kerry Taylor Antique and Vintage Fashion Auction October 16


LOT 189

An Anthony Price blue guipure cocktail dress, Spring-Summer 1990, 
(similar to the lace dress worn for Jerry Hall's 'marriage' to Mick Jagger in 1990),
 woven silk label and with integral corsetted bodice, long off-the-shoulder sleeves, 
diagonal hem with long pointed train,  
A brown version of the dress can be seen in the catwalk show:

Lot 201

A lace summer/bridal gown, circa 1923, of white tulle adorned with soutache tape,
large raised-work embroidered roses, flounces to the hips
Lot 364

Two bridal/presentation gowns, 1930s, both bias-cut, one of ivory satin printed with small white leaves, 

the other of satin brocaded overall with small gold flowerheads and a lace trimmed ivory satin bedjacket 

Antique and vintage fashion, textiles and accessories
Tuesday October 16th at 10.30am

Session 1 – 10.30am, lots 1-250
Session 2 – 2pm, lots 251 to end of the sale

Venue: 249-253 Long Lane, Bermondsey, London, SE1 4PR

Sunday 14th October, 12-4pm
Monday 15th October, 9-5pm

for a full catalog please visit

Bidding  also via

Monday, October 8, 2012

LONDON CALLING-Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show and Sale

OCT 12TH & OCT 13TH, 2012


Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
(Between 6th & 7th Aves)

Also shop the online Carnaby Street Collection until Nov. 25th.

Friday, October 5, 2012

LAST CALL! Comme des Garcons and Balenciaga

"Cristobal Balenciaga, collectionneur de modes" et "Comme des garçons, White Drama"

I had the chance to visit this with Kerry Taylor of Kerry Taylor Auctions a few months ago. I not sure what was better, the exhibition or the lesson in fashion history that day from Kerry.

 34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris 
until October 7!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012



Salon Rohan
Place André Malraux

Métro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

Look no further than the elegant Hotel du Louvre where the first ever Parisian event dedicated to iconic, luxury and inspirational vintage fashion will be held.

See you there!

Friday, June 22, 2012

A PEEK AT MY CLOSET-Kerry Taylor Auctions

Lot 152

Two Pucci bikinis, late 1960s-early 1970s,
Estimate £350-500
Lot 179

A pair of rare Westwood/Mclaren black patent 'SEX' stilletoes, circa 1976, the insoles stamped `Especially for SEX, 430 Kings Road, Chelsea, Made in England', with metal studded uppers, the ankle straps with buckles and bondage loops,
Estimate £450-600
and they are MY SIZE!!!!!!!

Lot 252
 A Romeo Gigli limited edition sequined 'serpent' dress, Autumn-Winter 1998-99
Estimate £600-1000

Whenever I visit my friends that I haven't seen in awhile one of the first things that we do (after cocktails of course) is a rummage through their closets. 

This is one of my favorite things to do, not only do I get to see their new finds and hear their funny and wonderful stories about their finds,  I end up with fun things for myself and even a few gems for future auctions.

Here are some of my fantasy wardrobe picks. If  these are hidden in your closet, you know how to reach me.

Many more fabulous finds at Kerry's next auction so be sure to check out the online catalog!

Passion for Fashion Auction
Kerry Taylor Auctions
June 26 at 2:00 in her new and exciting location!
For more information and an online catalog please visit

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

FOR YOUR GUYS ONLY-Consignment Finds at Re-Porter

 Ann Demeulemeester
Silver Studded Belt

Napoleon Hook Jacket

As you know by now I love to search for treasures, visit fashion exhibitions and attend fashion and clothing auctions so when I discovered this great site I just has to share it with you. 

Re-porter is a consignment site for men. 

A treasure trove of selected brands from Ann Demeulemeester, Helmut Lang, Rick Owens, Yamamoto and of course my all time favorite Undercover, which by the way, is very difficult to find.

The site is beautiful, well laid out, and resembles an on- line fashion exhibition.

Most of the pieces are future collectables that will end up in auctions or museums so visit soon before they are gone.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rags to Riches-A Hidden Treasure by Jeanne Lanvin


My favorite treasure hunting story of the month. 
The photos and press release below are from Kerry Taylor's last auction. As a dealer I have a lot of my own great stories about finding vintage treasures in the most unusual places and most of my most fabulous finds end up in Kerry's hands and later in museums and archives. 
It was a thrill to be sitting at the auction while the bids sky rocketed for this unusual piece and yes I was at the markets the next day in case you are wondering!

A few weeks ago a collector was sifting through a London street market when he spotted what appeared to be a good quality gown. It was somewhat crumpled and soiled in appearance but upon inspecting the inside seams he spied a Lanvin label. Despite the initial rather dishevelled appearance of the gown he agreed to purchase it for £70 and brought it straight round to show Kerry Taylor. It was suggested that the dress would benefit from specialist cleaning to try to remove some of the grime and stains – to help its appearance when displayed on a mannequin, as the probable purchaser would be a museum or private collector and so this was done. It was the highlight of the April 17th auction.
The label is a rare one, the gown dating from 1945 the year of liberation from German occupation at the end of World War II. What also made the dress unique is that a miniature version of it appeared in 'Le Theatre de la Mode’ – an exhibition of the best of French couture which was displayed on dolls and exhibited in Paris and London in 1945 in aid of post-war charities. The gown had unusual wide, curving hips formed from horse hair panniers. One of Lanvin’s claims to fame in her early career was the 'Robe de Style' which also used panniers and was extremely popular and widely imitated in the early 1920s. Jeanne Lanvin died in 1946 so this dress is from one of her last major periods of her creativity. At the auction it created international interest from museums and collectors alike. Three telephones battled it out with the dress ultimately selling to an important European private collector.

I hope that this inspires you to go out a find some treasures of your own. 
If you have any treasures in your closet let me know. 
Her next auction is in June and consignments are being accepted now.
 See you there!

Monday, April 16, 2012


Lot 285
Two novelty 'mini' dresses, 1960s, one formed from beige cotton printed with `Be Beautiful in a Potato Sack....fill with 100 lbs or more of charm and save money on new French inspired creations' and other witty advice and fashion lines - empire, trapeze and balloon,  the other printed with a Venetian gondolier, together with a pair of white vinyl Courreges style boots, size 7 
Lot 283
 Dior-influenced cocktail dresses circa 1956-57  of emerald green satin with bow to bodice, and curved pleats to rear skirt, together with a watermelon pink nylon prom gown.
 Please refer to the catalogue for a description of the 3rd dress in this lot.

Lot 291 

A 'Mondrian' style wool mini-dress, American, circa 1965, a high street imitation of Saint Laurent's iconic design, with red colour blocks within a black inserted gridwork, ivory wool ground.

These 3 lots will be offered tomorrow morning April 17 via Kerry Taylor Auctions in London.

Believe it or not, they are not by top well known designers but still fabulous and certainly eye-catching I'm sure that you'll agree.

If you are a designer label diva don't worry there are lots of collectable pieces by Mugler, Margiela, Gaultier, Moschino, Alaia, and Chanel just take a look at the catalog and don't forget that you can bid until your heart is content via 

Friday, March 9, 2012


Adriane-Made for Helen Gurley Brown

Just one of my many fantasies,  the only one that I'll be sharing with you today (wink) is to own one of these great pieces made from hand- enameled metal mesh.

The first is my favorite.
I would pair it with my black leather pants and be ready for anything 
(well except dealing with airport security of course!)

A collection of over 50 pieces will be available for purchase exclusively at FROCK, including pieces chosen for the "Goddess" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2003.
Prices range from $2,000-$12,000

We invite you to view collection and meet the designer Douglas Ferguson.

 Douglas Ferguson's colorful hand-enameled metal mesh costumes for the Joffrey Ballet led the way to a series of glamorous one-of-a-kind chain mail pieces spearheading Revlon's The World's Most Unforgettable Women; commemorating The Statue of Liberty for Vogue, while gracing the covers and editorial pages of Bazaar, Cosmo, and New York Magazine among others. Exhibitions of note include Cream of the Crop: The New Couture (1985) The Museum of the City of New York,  East Village: The New Vanguard (1987) F.I.T., New York, The Historical Mode (1989) F.I.T., New York, Goddess: The Classical Mode (2003) The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Goddess (2004) MoMu, Antwerpen

THURSDAY MARCH 15th, 7pm to 10pm
FROCK 170 Elizabeth St. 
New York, New York 10012



Thursday, March 8, 2012

And the Answer is...

Charles James


photo above from 

Photos from previous post are from Kent State, Fashion Institute of Technology and the Metropolitan Museum NYC

Thanks to everyone for their answers. quiz will have to be a bit more difficult.

I'm sure that all of the Mugler fans will agree that James was an important influence on Thierry Mugler.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Three dresses three guesses-Who designed these?
Hint-He left Chicago and moved to Long Island, NY with 70 cents, a Pierce arrow and a few hats as his only possessions. He showed one of his most successful collections in 1947.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Forget the Flowers and Buy Me Vintage-Kerry Taylor Auctions

Lot 81
 A Christian Dior boutique polka dot corset dress, 1980s, labelled and numbered 56878, the bodice of stretch polyamide above tiered chiffon and tulle printed skirts; together with similar corset bodice.
Lot 383
A Chanel 'Lichenstein' style printed jumper, Autumn-Winter 2001, labelled and size 40, front printed with Coco and speech bubble 'Just a drop of No 5', red stripes to back and sleeves.

Lot 39
 A Poster Dresses Ltd. London `Eye' paper dress, 1960s, Made in the USA by by Nodina Products Corporation, un-opened in original packaging, `1st Edition', `Throw it away? Never! When you're finally tired of wearing it why not ...Cut open all of the seams and hang it on your wall as a poster.

Forget the flowers they don't last. 
No chocolates for me I'm still dieting. 
What I really want for Valentine's Day are any or all of the lots above. 

You can buy them at Kerry Taylor Auctions on Tuesday February 7.
For a full catalog bidding and preview information please visit:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The King of Cling-Azzedine Alaia-Groninger Museum

Summer 2003 (photo Robert Kot)

"Less is more"
 so I decided to choose just dress for this post and it wasn't easy.

An exciting year of fashion exhibitions starting with
Azzedine Alaia in the 21st Century at the Groninger Museum in The Netherlands until May 6.

For a breathtaking slide show and more information please visit:

Which one is your favorite?