Kerry Taylor's celebrated Passion for Fashion auction will be held on the 17th of next month, and there are loads of dazzling items to choose from. I'm warming up my bidding paddle for the following yummy vintage finds . . .
Above: Schiaparelli Schiapsport waist pouch c.1949 once belonging to the Duchess of Windsor (low est. of £3,000), Christian Dior gold brocaded evening coat-dress with matching boots by The Chelsea Cobbler c.1970s from the estate of actress Sian Phillips (est. £400), Black tulle Thea Porter kaftan covered in sequin moons c.1970s once loaned to Princess Margaret (est. £600).
Above: Original costumes from Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (each piece est. £600-5,000), designed by Léon Bakst c.1920s, and first auctioned by Sotheby's in 1973, much to the delight of London's young bohemians (the stylish Ormsby-Gore sisters bought many Ballet Russes items from the historic Sotheby's auction, and wore the costumes mixed with new designer items, causing a sensation amongst the rock 'n roll set). Bakst designed costumes such as these were also the inspiration for Anna Sui's latest collection. I'd just love to have fairy-ballerina dress-up fantasy time with these whimsical frocks.