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Next month, we will celebrate our 3rd year of specialty vintage sales in NYC showcasing a particularly exciting assortment of couture fashion and historic textiles gathered from major museum collections. The event, our 23rd vintage specialty sale, begins at noon, March 30th, at the 1883 St. Paul Auditorium, one block from Columbus Circle in midtown Manhattan.

On the auction block will be more than 400 lots of couture & vintage clothing, fashion accessories, and rare textiles have been consigned to us by the Brooklyn Museum, the Chrysler Museum, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Goodwill of Akron and many other institutions, private collections and estates.

The offerings range from 17th – 19th century Asian & European textiles, laces & paisleys, many 18th & 19th century gentleman’s outfits including rare military uniforms, 19th century lace gowns and couture creations from many of the top designers of the 20th century. Garments from Dior, Balenciaga, Cardin, Galanos, Castillo and Hermes fill the sale.

A special feature at this sale are many incredible and rare creations that span the career of American design pioneer, Elizabeth Hawes, who, in 1931, became the first non-French designer to show her collection in Paris. Also featured are many lots that come from the Bonnie Cashin archives, including her muslins and production notes from dozens of her famous designs.

Among the textile highlights is another early 17th C. Spanish wool rug from the collection of Teddy Roosevelt’s son Kermit, a large 18th C. European pastoral tapestry, very early Tibetan and Chinese silks and brocades, a grouping of handmade 19th C. quilts from an important collection, some great Scottish paisleys and beautiful Chinese export shawls, exquisite laces and much more.

The sale also features some wonderful mod Pucci stewardess outfits made for Braniff in the 1960’s & 70’s and a collection of all four (English Wench, French Maid, Manhattan Hostess, Roman Toga) 1968 TWA “Foreign Accent” stewardess paper dresses. Among the many boxes we opened this month, we just unearthed an extremely rare 8-piece 1890’s Brooklyn policeman’s uniform and a Polish livery uniform. There are over a dozen 18th to mid 20th C corsets that we will be photographing this week for the sale.

There are so many treasures among the collections that we hope you’ll be able to attend one of the previews or the sale at the end of March. We’ve posted 320 lots in our search-able catalog so far and will be adding the rest over the next ten days. The complete web catalog, and a printable version with the order of sale and lot numbers, will be available on our site by mid-month.

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