Mrs Miniver, Sandae, Kerry Taylor auction

Sundae and I popped down to the Kerry Taylor auction last Tuesday. Deeply tempted by the Schiaparelli’s – one fabulous black silk velvet jacket immortalised by Horst in a portrait of the designer in Vogue – from her Pagan collection. And some really exceptionally beautiful furs – bizarrely overlooked – see here ..... with prices like this for such precious pieces, surely it is time companies started investing in their archives? £2,600 would have bought these two important pieces that so beautifully reflect design, craftsmanship and innovation.

A comparison: the Schiaparelli 1937 navy jacket with leather scroll work decorating the front, similar to that worn as part of a dinner suit by the Wallis Simpson in 1937 on the eve of her marriage to the Duke of Windsor, went for £32,000. Let’s hope it has gone to a museum –if it has, it won’t be one in the UK sadly. But well done Kerry!

Cecil Beaton, Wallis Simpson in Schiaparelli, Chateau Candé, from her SS 1937 collection
Cecil Beaton, Wallis Simpson in Schiaparelli, Chateau Candé, from her SS 1937 collection.
One can never be too thin, or too rich according to La Simpson. Very embarrassed by her hands – look how she is tucking them away. Fantastic derriere though, according to Beaton.

Schiaparelli rococo jacket, SS 1937 couture collection
Lot 19, Schiaparelli ‘rococo’ jacket from her SS 1937 couture collection, in navy silk and cream leather, hammer price £32,500.

Alexander McQueen, Saga fox coat
Lot 278, Alexander McQueen Saga fox coat hammer price a snip at £1, 400.

Alexander McQueen, Saga fox coat, FW 2008/9
Alexander McQueen – brings together folklore and history from The Girl who Lived in the Tree, FW 2008/9 – in Saga fox (labelled Finlandia), look 16,

Dior couture, leopard, arctic fox cape
Lot 162, Dior couture leopard and arctic fox cape, circa 1965, hammer price a ridiculously low £1,200.

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