|The lovely medieval style Fortuny gown takes center stage – accompanied by two pieces of Bill Smith “body jewelry”, and a Fortuny Revival necklace by John Truscott.|
The fashion filled event covered a span of 18th, 19th and 20th century styles and iconic designs by such notable names as Schiaparelli, Irene, Adrian, Chanel, and Dior, with the affable Mr. Whitaker and his hard working staff moving hundreds of lots over a two day period.
|The beautifully fringed Maison Gripoix necklace was featured on the cover of the auction catalog, and closed at a hammer price of $2,900.|
|A rack of beaded and embellished flapper dresses.|
Older period pieces and 20's beaded dresses did a brisk business, while 80's, 90's and millennium fashions, including McQueen, Moschino, YSL, and Versace, sold at lightning speed to bidders competing in-house, online, and via telephone.
|Two lots of custom made 20's evening shoes were scored by phone bidders, for $1,400 and $1,700 respectively.|
The majestic and prominently featured stenciled velvet Fortuny gown, sold for a modest $7,000, as Mr. Whitaker shared its humble discovery at a hospital thrift shop in Alexandria, Virginia.
Dior dresses and suits, both Paris and New York labels, were quickly snapped up, as were the 60's and 70's fashions of Courreges, Pucci, Galanos, and Norell.
|This vibrant two-toned Courreges mini dress was a crowd favorite, selling for $2,700.|
|A generous selection of Louis Vuitton and Ghurka Market bags fill a table.|
The evening concluded with a “Discovery Lot” sale, which had bidders vying heavily for the boxes of unexplored treasures within.
For more information and auction updates, be sure to visit the Whitaker Auction Company website.
Written by Metro Retro Vintage