King of vintage Didier Ludot headlines Sotheby's first fashion auction

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 March, 2015, 11:08am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 March, 2015, 11:08am

Perhaps the most famous vintage fashion store in the world, Didier Ludot, has decided to sell on iconic pieces from its private collection for the first time.

On July 8, at the Galerie Charpentier in Paris, 150 of the top haute couture garments and accessories carefully hand-selected by the owner of the eponymous boutique will be up for grabs in Paris at a sale held by Sotheby's in association with vintage specialist Kerry Taylor Auctions.

Those who've visited Ludot's famous boutique in the Jardins du Palais Royal in Paris have been charmed by his collection of beautifully preserved pieces that tell a tale of some of fashion's greatest moments in recent decades. 

These top couture items - see - are not just about the clothing but the women who owned them. This auction will include the Duchess of Windsor's psychedelic '60s dress, dresses by Azzedine Alaïa for Bettina; and an impeccable Dior haute couture jacket designed for French actress Josette Day. 

This is Sotheby's first ever fashion auction, and with such revered lots, many of them historically significant, going under the hammer, it's sure to generate excitement amongst serious collectors.

There will be creations from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Yohji Yamamoto, Madame Grès, Cristobal Balenciaga, and Comme des Garcons as well as early designs by John Galliano, who has just re-entered fashion with Maison Martin Margiela.