Gourmet Fair

Couture: The Value of Vintage

This Yves Saint Laurent Couture jacket and skirt from the 1988 Winter Collection was purchased by an American collector for US$37,057. The evening jacket in leather satin was embroidered by the house of Lesage while the green skirt was fashioned in silk velvet. ©Artcurial. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France —It turned out to be the vintage couture sale of all time in France. The auction house of Artcurial in conjunction with Christie’s France presented during the Haute Couture High Fashion Week in Paris the couture collection of Didier Ludot, entitled « My Private Fashion Show ». All the emblematic pieces from the great designers were on hand, a Saint Laurent jacket embroidered by Lesage, a flowing pink gown from Versace, a long black evening dress from Chanel. But, too, key, iconic pieces from designers known and admired by Dider Ludot like Jean Dessès, Marc Vaughan and Rudi Gernreich. There was even a vintage Halston dress dating from 1977 on the block. Total sales reached a record US$1,140,115 (1,047.539) euros and were purchased by private collectors as well as prestigious museums and institutions from all over the world. The sale was held from January 26th to the 31st. 

This couture piece of the famous Trapèze line emanates from the first Christian Dior collection designed by Yves Saint Laurent in 1958. It was acquired by pre-emption by the Musée Yves Saint Laurent for US$14 328. ©Artcurial. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Didier Ludot, a man of exceptional taste, an antique dealer in couture, carefully selected the 150 pieces from his collection put together over 48 years. His Palais Royal boutique is a treasure trove of museum-quality couture clothing and accessories. His choice showcases French heritage and the arts and craftsmen and women who make French haute couture what it is. https://www.artcurial.com/en

©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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