Diana Vreeland’s Wardrobe to Be Auctioned

Why don’t you… Pay a visit at Kerry Taylor’s in order to purchase a piece of fashion’s most extraordinary persona’s closet?

Text: Maria Meintani

Having been an editor for the American edition of Harper’s Bazaar for 26 years from 1936, before moving to the US Vogue in 1963, Vreeland is globally known as a legend of fashion, due to her impeccable taste and her eccentric style.

Items owned by the noted fashion editor and columnist will go under the hammer on June 25 at Kerry Taylor Auctions house, in London, donated by a close friend of hers, who inherited some of her clothes after her death in 1989. Kerry Taylor Auctions, famous for its expertise in vintage fashions, has previously auctioned collections belonging to Daphne Guinness, Jerry Hall, Audrey Hepburn and Princess Diana.

The star pieces of the collection? The Yves Saint Laurent navy wool coat that still bears the scarlet ribbon of her Legion d’ Honneur award -an honour given to her by the French State for her services to fashion. The item is valued at £700-£1,000 and the YSL haute couture be-jewelled velvet gown she wore to the Met Ball in 1985. Some other YSL pieces will also be sold along with a Mainbocher coat.

Fashion’s late giants, Diana Vreeland and Yves Saint Laurent

Cecil Beaton’s painting of Vreeland with her favourite art-deco cigarette holder, which is included in the sale.

The list goes on featuring the director’s chair Vreeland used in her office at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, with the signature DV emblazoned across the back in bright red.

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