Royal access add bite to Kerry Taylor Auctions'
Included in the 293-lot bargain will be the apparent dress modeled by Kate Middleton at the anniversary University of St. Andrew's alms appearance appearance in 2002. St. Andrews is the university in Scotland area affair blossomed amid acceptance Prince William and Ms. Middleton. Their marriage will yield abode April 29 in Westminster Abbey.
The simple apparel of gossamer-fine gold and atramentous knitted cottony with a peacock-blue hem slotted through with a award was advised by Charlotte Todd. Ms. Todd conceived the dress if alive on a St. Andrew's apprentice activity advantaged 'The Art of Seduction.' It amount her about 20 to make. With aristocratic marriage accretion about to ring, Kerry Taylor has estimated the dress at 8,000-10,000. 'Royalty is a plus, and with the wedding, this year is special,' Ms. Taylor says.
Unique gowns fabricated for Angel Diana aswell will affection in the sale. A admirable blush chiffon banquet dress by Zandra Rhodes, which was beat by the backward angel on an official appointment to Japan in 1986, is accepted to back amid 30,000 and 40,000.
Meanwhile, a white, applique atramentous clothes with a formal, continued silhouette, advised by the backward Catherine Walker for a accompaniment appointment by the angel to France in 1988, is estimated at 40,000-60,000.
In addition, there will be accessories, adornment and lingerie that appear from the apparel of the Duchess of Windsor, the twice-divorced American socialite, again accepted as Wallis Simpson, for whom King Edward VIII of England gave up the British head in 1936.
The items accept been stored in the Windsors' home in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris, back her afterlife in 1986. A part of the pieces will be a scarlet chiffon nightdress from the backward 1940s-early 1950s (estimate: 600-1,000); and a delicate, ivory chiffon nightdress with pleats falling to the floor, from the 1950s (estimate: 350-500). There are a amount of accoutrements from the greatest of appearance designers, including a black, briefcase-like crocodile backpack from about 1964 by Christian Dior, estimated at 8,000-12,000. The duchess's Dior toque hat with an bobcat brim, from 1956-1959, will be on the block with an appraisal of 400-600.
Looking about at the sale, there will be an absorbing ambit of haute couture gowns from Dior, Balenciaga, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, a part of others.
Particularly noteworthy will be a 'Mondrian' cottony dress (1965) by Saint Laurent. The dress is based on the paintings of acclaimed Dutch abstract, geometric painter Piet Mondrian. The sharp, apple-pie Mondrian dress accumulating became alike with all that was adolescent and air-conditioned in the 'Swinging Sixties,' says Ms. Taylor. 'It is an absurd piece, not just a Saint Laurent but a signature Saint Laurent. I wish the dress to go to anyone who will adulation it.'
To acquisition an aboriginal of this dress is acutely rare; and there are believed to be alone two in silk, the added getting in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The Mondrian dress, which is estimated at 25,000-35,000, comes from acclaimed American appearance beneficiary and columnist Sandy Schreier. This is the aboriginal time that Ms. Schreier has offered a section from her collection, which includes bags of museum-quality French couture and British and American appearance items.
Meanwhile, on March 11 at the Hotel Drouot in Paris, Art Curial will authority a 477-lot bargain adherent to appearance masters Chanel and Louis Vuitton. On bargain will be accessories from the 1960s into the 21st century. 'We accept amazing appeal for pieces,' specialist Cyril Pigot says.
Among the accessories will be a Vuitton special-edition purse created in 1996 in cipher canvas with bobcat book and central pouches for condoms and cosmetics (estimate: E2,500-E3,000); a Vuitton tote bag from 2005 busy with cherries by Japanese artisan Takashi Murakami (estimate: E850-E900); and a big Chanel canvas bag with red and biscuit stripes from about 2000 (estimate: E900-E1,000).