Height of Fashion:
Haute Couture Comes to Bonhams

London – There is a point where fashion becomes art: when clothes become so much more than fabric, when a creation becomes haute couture. The Craft of Luxury: Haute Couture and Handbags which runs on bonhams.com from 15-26 July showcases the art of haute couture through one exceptional single-owner private collection. The sale features exquisite high-end pieces from key names, such as Valentino, Hermès, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dior, with estimates ranging from £100 - 35,000.

Meg Randell, Head of Bonhams' Designer Handbags and Fashion department, commented: "Haute couture is the height of fashion and exclusivity. These pieces are works of art, with hours of work going into completing each creation, often by hand and by incredibly skilled craftsmen. This particular sale offers the most incredible single-owner couture collection I have ever seen. These are more than just clothes and accessories – this is glamourous lifestyle distilled into beautiful garments of luxury."

Writing in the Summer edition of Bonhams Magazine, Anna Murphy, Fashion Director of The Times, said: "This is a wardrobe that has seen the kind of things and been to the kind of places about which most of us can only dream. That is part of what makes it magical. It is magical, too, that we now have the chance to bring a bit of that into our own lives."

Highlights of the sale include:

• Hermès: A Shiny Bleu Colvert Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35, 2012. Estimate: £24,000 - 26,000.

• Massaro for Chanel: A Pair of Red. Leather Pistol Heels. Miami Collection, Cruise 2009. Estimate: £600 - 800.

• Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda: A Floral Hand-Painted Black Ruched Silk Gown. Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000.

• Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda: A Mint Green 'Sunflower' Dress Spring 2014. Estimate: £1,000 - 1,500.

• Christian Dior Haute Couture: A Grey Dress Coat, Autumn 2015. Estimate: £1,000 - 1,500.

• Massaro for Chanel: A Pair of Red Leather Pistol Heels, Miami Collection, Cruise 2009. Estimate: £600 - 800.

13 June 2022

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