Fashionista Alert…Couture Auction

One of the best ways to keep track of the value of items is to see what similar items are anticipated to sell for at a premier auction house.  I ran across this auction of Couture Fashion items that is  starting tomorrow 4/19/09.  The online catalog includes photos, brief descriptions and anticipated price ranges.

I browsed the catalog and found 341 items of couture fashion clothing plus scarves, purses and  jewelry lots.  There are 615 lots total.

Vintage Couture and Accessories
9:00 AM PT – Apr 19th, 2009
3 days
offered by
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

1338 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Such fun to look! and you can register to bid if you just can’t resist trying for an item you can’t live without!

Collecting Vintage Scarves

Designer Silk Scarf

Designer Silk Scarf

Vintage scarves bring back a fashion statement from the past.  The most desirable fabric is silk. Collectors look for well-known names like Hermes, Vitaliano Pancaldi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Vera Newman, Chanel, Pucci, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. However, a vintage silk scarf does not have to come with a designer label to be a beautiful work of art. Vintage silk scarves in excellent condition are highly desirable to many collectors. 

Designer scarves were originally made for a more affluent crowd and are still fairly expensive. Vintage Vera scarves were more affordable then, and are a bargain today (and easy to find). Snag a Vera for $15 to $75; a vintage Hermes can be as much as $350.

Vintage Vera Scarf

Vintage Vera Scarf

When you shop for a vintage scarf,  look for crisp color lines, hand rolled and hand stitched edges and a signature.  Then look for the relationship to the vintage fashion of the period.  For example, mod designs from the 60s are collectible, even if they’re not silk.   Many designs from that era were printed on cotton or poly, weren’t signed, and are still collected for their irrepressible exhuberance.