May 24, 2018 | By Lourdes Linares
Up until recently auctions were a great source of amazing vintage clothing. However, in the last few years, more and more major auction companies have stopped accepting clothing. Doyle auction house in New York, which was known for years for it’s couture auctions, followed suit and refused clothing consignments several years ago. And while auctions completely dedicated to clothing can be found in smaller scale around the country, Christie’s of London was the last major house to continue to hold couture auctions.
Karen Augusta is the only auction house dedicated to clothing and textiles since its inception in 2000 and is returning to New York City. Her constant presence in this dwindling area of auctioning is beginning to bring designer and couture auctions back into fashion. The Spring Couture and Vintage Fashion auction on April 29th is a mix of museum pieces, private collections and fine consignments form the 1770s-1980s. If the price is right, you could walk away with a Paul Poiret cocoon coat, ‘50s Chanel Couture dress, or even the iconic ‘60s Andy Warhol souper dress.
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