Haute Couture under the hammer


Today I went to an exhibit of haute-couture organised by Parisian auction house Artcurial. On display at the famous Hôtel Drouot in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, the (mostly vintage) pieces came from various collectors and are set to go under the hammer tomorrow, February 3.

From Chanel to Christian Dior via Courrèges, there are some great pieces up for auction, with some 550 lots in total. My favourite was the Balenciaga Haute Couture coat dress from circa 1948, which had an estimate of between €2,500 and €4,500. Other items aren’t expected to go for as much, however; a Franck Sorbier dress worn by the actress Saïda Jawad at Paris Fashion Week fall/winter 2015 has an estimate of €400-600.

I had a great time imagining what I might buy if I were a collector of haute couture and had a sizeable Parisian apartment to store it all in. (Although I suppose the seriously wealthy store their furs in temperature-controlled vaults). The great thing about this exhibit was that you could touch the clothes, and even try on the odd coat if you wanted to. I saw lots of people feverishly noting down the pieces that interested them, so I suspect there may be rather a few bidders tomorrow…


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