When Antiques Roadshow fashion expert, Karen Augusta from Augusta Auctions emailed me regarding logo work for her vintage auction company, I got really excited, went to her page… and nearly fainted from the heavy breathing. I got all sheepish, with the distinct feeling I was indulging in fashion porn.
You know exactly what I mean.
If you’re in NY, check it out!!
Following an interval of almost three years, New Yorkers are eagerly awaiting the return of a specialty couture, vintage clothing and textile auction at the end of this month. Museums, clothing & textile designers, collectors and all lovers of fashion are planning to attend the preview and April 29th sale organized by Antiques Roadshow fashion expert, Karen Augusta.
Augusta Auction Company, the nation’s top auction house for couture and vintage clothing, will hold their first-ever sale in Manhattan at the historic 1883 St. Paul Auditorium on 60th Street & Columbus Avenue. A textile collection from the Cleveland Museum of Art (Ohio), the first selections from the entire textile and fashion collection of the 1914 Beaux-Arts Montclair Art Museum (New Jersey), dresses from Pauline Trigere’s niece, a rock & roll insiders private tour clothing from the 1970’s – 1990’s, offerings from three prominent NYC fashion designers and pieces from other private collections and estates make up the lots for this April sale.
Fashion finds include two spectacular 1920’s evening coats attributed to Parisian designers Jean Lanvin and Paul Poiret, a mid-1950’s Coco Chanel evening gown, two 18th C brocade gowns, a 1920’s French knit 5-piece day ensemble, a collection of stunning beaded 1920’s dresses, a 1937 Lucien LeLong lame evening gown, silk brocade ecclesiastical garments from the 16th through 19th C, Textiles range from handmade lace shawls and paisleys to Fortuny pieces and a rare 18th-19th C hand painted thangka from Bhutan. Altogether there are over 400 textile and fashion lots to be sold April 29th beginning at noon.
From Claire McCardell to John Paul Gaultier, from 30’s silk chiffon gowns to Campbell’s “Souper” paper dresses, this exhibition and sale includes creations from more than seventy-five designers of the 20th century. Textiles range from 16th C. silk embroideries to Japanese Buddhist robes to handmade lace shawls. Taken together, the collections span more than three hundred years of fashion history. Interspersed with the one-of-a-kind historic, museum-quality treasures are wearable vintage gems, uniquely beautiful now and destined to be future collectibles. The auction company website, Augusta-Auction.com offers thousands of fashion photographs and a searchable catalogue to locate favorite designers or fashion collectibles.
All lots are available for preview Tuesday April 28 from 3PM-7PM and on the morning of the sale from 9AM to noon.