Auctions and antiques shops are the perfect place to get unusual vintage clothes and accessories that match your own style, and to make great discoveries. One can’t imagine how many various and interesting items can be found out there.
At Value My Stuff Now, we valued some very interesting vintage clothes such as: an ostrich feather dress by Greek fashion designer George Peter Stavropoulos; a velvet dress suit by Bill Blass or else a Vivienne Westwood parachute shirt. The latter was part of the Seditionaries clothes which she designed in the late 1970’s.
Fashion is in constant motion and is part of everyone’s life. Recently, the Victoria and Albert Museum launched a new database for wedding dresses, where anyone can add hers!
There is a real market for designer’s clothes, which is particularly strong in the US. You should definitely take a look at your mother’s wardrobe to see if anything has gained in value. In fashion & textiles auctions, you will not only find antique costumes, but also 20th Century fashion and haute couture, accessories, vintage Louis Vuitton luggage, Hermes bags, etc..
As well as for clothes, why buy jewels new when you can get some extraordinary antique, period and modern jewellery from dealers and auctions? The market for jewellery is very dynamic.
Interactive database for wedding dresses where you can add yours:
AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion – Past exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:
Chronology of fashion:
Collection Database of the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:
Victoria and Albert Museum – Fashion & Jewellery Department: