Katy Rodriguez and Mark Haddaway, founders of the Resurrection vintage boutiques in New York and Los Angeles, have assembled one of the most highly regarded collections of vintage clothing and accessories now up for auction at Christie’s in London. Consisting of 250 pieces, some worn by celebrities and rock stars, the collection features items by legendary designers including Paco Rabanne, Rudi Gernreich, Zandra Rhodes, and André Courrèges. An aluminum bomber jacket designed for Brigitte Bardot in 1967 by Paco Rabanne is estimated to sell at £6,000, while the most expensive item (another of his designs) is expected to go for £10,000. It is said to be the most unusual item in the auction – a “space-age” wedding dress commissioned by a Middle Eastern bride, but never worn.
The green hooded Azzedine Aläia mini-dress sported by Grace Jones in 1986 is also up for auction, as is that perfectly scandalous bondage-inspired buckle dress designed by the late Gianni Versace, famous for putting Elizabeth Hurley in the spotlight. What really piques our interest (and makes us envious) is the extraordinary World’s End and Vivienne Westwood pieces from the renowned Seditionaries, Witches, Savages, and Pirates collections. Up for bid is a toga dress from the Nostalgia of Mud collection, first shown in Paris by Westwood and her former partner Malcolm McLaren; punked-out t-shirts from the Seditionaries days; a pair of those coveted “Pirate” boots; and several ensembles dating back to 1977.
Zandra Rhodes Yellow Wool Maxi Coat (1969)
Paco Rabanne “Bardot” Jacket (1967)
Vivienne Westwood Pirate Boots (1981)
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