Friday, July 31, 2015

Best Dressed

Once again I am late to the game, but I just saw these absolutely divine offerings featured in the Sotheby's Rencontres Couture à Paris de la Collection Didier Ludot sale that took place on July 8, 2015. Here are some of my favorites, with a few oddballs thrown in for fun. 


Coureges Haue Couture, 1974 - Lot 115

Courrèges Haute Couture, 1974
ROBE DU SOIR EN LAINAGE MANDARINE
COURREGES HAUTE COUTURE, 1974 AN ORANGE WOOL MAXI-DRESS WITH TRI-ANGULAR TOP-STITCHED SEAMS




Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, printemps-ete 1991 - Lot 10

Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, printemps-été 1991
MODÈLE "DIPTYQUE" ENSEMBLE À BASQUES EN SOIE ET COTON "PIED-DE-COQ" INCRUSTÉ DE "PRINCE-DE-GALLES" BEIGE ET NOIR, ÉTOLE ASSORTIE
CHRISTIAN LACROIX HAUTE COUTURE, S/S 1991, A WOVEN BLACK AND WHITE CHECKED SUIT WITH MATCHING STOLE, ‘DIPTYQUE’ MODEL




Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture, automne-hiver 1968-1969 - Lot 70

Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture, automne-hiver 1968-1969
ROBE DE COCKTAIL EN DAIM BRODÉ DE PIERRERIES PAR LA MAISON LESAGE, BLOUSE EN SATIN ROSE TYRIEN, UNE AUTRE EN SATIN NOIR
YVES SAINT LAURENT HAUTE COUTURE, A/W 1968 A BLACK SUEDE FRINGED TUNIC WITH JEWELLED MEDALLIONS BY MAISON LESAGE WITH TWO OPTIONAL PINK AND BLACK SILK BLOUSES




cardin, 1963 - Lot 55


Cardin, 1963
SAC CARRÉ EN BOX BORDEAUX
CARDIN, 1963 A WINE LEATHER HAND-BAG WITH RECTANGULAR OPEN-WORK BORDERS AND HANDLE


 

Alaia, automne-hiver 1991-1992 - Lot 108

Alaïa, automne-hiver 1991-1992
ROBE EN JERSEY IMPRIMÉ PANTHÈRE ET BOTILLONS EN PONEY IMPRIMÉ
ALAIA, A/W 1991-92 A LEOPARD PATTERNED KNITTED VISCOSE DRESS WITH MATCHING PONY HIDE ANKLE BOOTS, FROM THE WARDROBE OF BETTINA




Emanuel Ungaro Haute Couture, 1967 - Lot 38

Emanuel Ungaro Haute Couture, 1967
MANTEAU EN LAINAGE IVOIRE
EMANUEL UNGARO HAUTE COUTURE, 1967 A CREAM WOOL COAT WORN BY CATHERINE DENEUVE IN THE FILM ‘MANON 70’ RELEASED IN 1968




Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture, automne-hiver 1969-1970 - Lot 107

Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture, automne-hiver 1969-1970
ROBE DU SOIR EN CRÊPE DE SOIE BRUN VAN DYCK GARNI DE PLUMES DE COQ
YVES SAINT LAURENT HAUTE COUTURE, A/W 1969-70 A BROWN SILK CREPE EVENING GOWN EDGED IN COCKEREL FEATHERS




Marc Vaughan Haute Couture, 1971 - Lot 51

Marc Vaughan Haute Couture, 1971
ROBE DU SOIR CARRÉE EN ORGANZA PEINT À LA MAIN
MARC VAUGHAN HAUTE COUTURE, 1971 A WHITE SILK DRESS PAINTED WITH POLYCHROME ABSTRACT SPOTS, RIBBON ‘BRACES’ AND BOWS TO THE SKIRT, FROM THE WARDROBE OF MADAME VAUGHAN




Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture, automne-hiver 1967-1968 - Lot 41

Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture, automne-hiver 1967-1968
ROBE DU SOIR ENTIÈREMENT BRODÉE DE PLUMES DE RHODOÏD SUR FOND DE PAILLETTES PAR LA MAISON LESAGE
YVES SAINT LAURENT HAUTE COUTURE, A/W 1967-68 A FINE BLACK TO WHITE DEGRADÉ MINI-DRESS WITH LONG FEATHER-SHAPED SEQUINS BY MAISON LESAGE




Thierry Mugler, printemps-ete, 1990 - Lot 137

Thierry Mugler, printemps-été 1990
"RAINBOW JACKET" EN GABARDINE DE LAINE
THIERRY MUGLER, S/S 1990 A PANELLED GABARDINE 'RAINBOW' JACKET




Issey Miyake, circa 2000 - Lot 49

Issey Miyake, circa 2000
COMBINAISON INTÉGRALE EN COTON BLANC À EFFET DE LAÇAGE AVEC BASKETS INCORPORÉES
ISSEY MIYAKE, CIRCA 2000 A WHITE COTTON JUMP-SUIT WITH INTEGRAL CONVERSE TRAINERS, FROM THE WARDROBE OF THE SINGER BRIGITTE FONTAINE




Givenchy Haute Couture par John Galliano, 1996 - Lot 60

Givenchy Haute Couture par John Galliano, 1996
MANTEAU EN CACHEMIRE NOIR, COL ET POIGNETS EN VISON BICOLORE ROSE ET NOIR
GIVENCHY HAUTE COUTURE BY JOHN GALLIANO, 1996 A BLACK CASHMERE COAT WITH 1920S INSPIRED STRIPED BLACK AND PINK MINK COLLAR AND CUFFS




Christian Dior Haute Couture, automne-hiver 1957-1958 - Lot 37

Christian Dior Haute Couture, automne-hiver 1957-1958
LIGNE "FUSEAU" MODÈLE "SARABANDE" ROBE DE COCKTAIL EN TULLE BRODÉ DE LA MAISON GUILLEMIN
CHRISTIAN DIOR HAUTE COUTURE, F/W 1957-58, ‘FUSEAU’ LINE A FINE SILVER-GREY TULLE AND VELVET RIBBON TRIMMED DRESS, STUDDED WITH RHINESTONES




Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, autonme-hiver 1988-1989 - Lot 136

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, automne-hiver 1988-1989
PULL EN GANTS MULTICOLORES
JEAN-CHARLES DE CASTELBAJAC, A/W 1988-89 A SWEATER FORMED FROM MULTI-COLOURED PAIRS OF GLOVES




Yohji Yamamoto, automne-hiver 2006-2007 - Lot 3

Yohji Yamamoto, automne-hiver 2006-2007
BUSTIER CAGE EN JERSEY NOIR
YOHJI YAMAMOTO, F/W 2006-2007 A BLACK JERSEY COVERED 'CAGE' BODICE





Courreges Haute Couture, 1967 - Lot 28

Courrèges Haute Couture, 1967
MINI-ROBE EN LAINAGE ROSE BUVARD
COURREGES HAUTE COUTURE, 1967 A PINK DOUBLE-FACED WOOL MINI-DRESS WITH TOP-STITCHED DETAILING



Balenciaga Haute Couture, 1962

Balenciaga Haute Couture, 1962
ROBE DE COCKTAIL ÉVÊQUE EN CLOQUE DE LA MAISON VÉRON
BALENCIAGA HAUTE COUTURE, 1962, A PURPLE CLOQUÉ SILK COCKTAIL DRESS WITH ASYMMETRIC DRAPED ‘SACK’ BACK




Pierre Balmain Haute Couture, 1953 - Lot 167

Pierre Balmain Haute Couture, 1953
ROBE DE COCKTAIL EN VELOURS NOIR, TRAVAIL DE FLEURS EN BOUILLONNÉ DE MOUSSELINE, TIGES ET FEUILLES EN MINUSCULES RUBANS RÉALISÉ PAR LA MAISON LESAGE
PIERRE BALMAIN HAUTE COUTURE, 1953 A BLACK VELVET EVENING GOWN EMBROIDERED WITH TRAILING RIBBON WORK FLOWERS BY MAISON LESAGE, FROM THE WARDROBE OF ONE OF THE LEADING 50S MODELS-PAULETTE




Pierre Cardin Haute Couture, 1966 - Lot 27

Pierre Cardin Haute Couture, 1966
CAPE EN RATINE ROSE BUVARD
PIERRE CARDIN HAUTE COUTURE, 1966 FUTURISTIC PINK WOOL CAPE WITH CIRCLET ARMHOLES GLASS BAUBLE BUTTONS




Emanuel Ungaro Haute Couture, 1967 - Lot 112

Emanuel Ungaro Haute Couture, 1967
ROBE EN LAINAGE GÉRANIUM GANSÉ IVOIRE
EMANUEL UNGARO HAUTE COUTURE, 1967 A VIBRANT GERANIUM WOOL MINI-DRESS EDGED IN WHITE BRAID, WORN BY THE ACTRESS CATHERINE DENEUVE IN THE 1968 FILM ‘MANON 70’.




Christian Dior Haute Couture par Gianfrano Ferre, automne-hiver 1989-1990 - Lot 8

Christian Dior Haute Couture par Gianfranco Ferre,
automne-hiver 1989-1990
TAILLEUR DE DRAP DE LAINE PIED-DE-POULE, GARNI D'UN NOEUD D'ORGANZA
CHRISTIAN DIOR HAUTE COUTURE BY GIANFRANCO FERRE, A/W 1989-90 A FINELY CHECKED WOOL SUIT WITH LARGE BOW TO THE NECK




Courreges, 1965 - Lot 21

Courrèges, 1965
BOTTES À BOUTS OUVERTS EN AGNEAU BLANC, MODÈLE DE DÉFILÉ
COURREGES, 1965 A PAIR OF WHITE PATENT LEATHER OPEN-TOED BOOTS WITH ORIGINAL BOX




Christian Dior Haute Couture, automne-hiver 1947-1948 - Lot 12

Christian Dior Haute Couture, automne-hiver 1947-1948
LIGNE "COROLLE"  MODÈLE "PALAIS DES GLACES" VESTE DE DRAP NOIR BORDÉ DE VISON SAUVAGE
CHRISTIAN DIOR HAUTE COUTURE A/W 1947-1948 A BLACK WOOL JACKET TRIMMED WITH SABLE WILD MINK ‘COROLLE’ LINE, OWNED BY THE ACTRESS JOSETTE DAY



Pierre Cardin Hauge Couture, 1962 - Lot 143

Pierre Cardin Haute Couture, 1962
ROBE DU SOIR EN GAZAR VERT POMME
PIERRE CARDIN HAUTE COUTURE, 1962 A GREEN GAZAR EVENING GOWN WITH SLASH-EFFECT REAR BODICE AND TRAINED SKIRT



Etienne, 1935 - Lot 58

Etienne, 1935
ESCARPINS EN CHEVREAU ROSE ET LOUP DE DAIM NOIR, TALON EN BAKÉLITE CLOUTÉ OR
ETIENNE 1935 A PAIR OF PINK LEATHER SHOES WITH BLACK SUEDE MASK-SHAPED BANDS, BLACK BAKELITE GOLD STUDDED HEELS




Courreges Haute Couture, 1968 - Lot 150

Courrèges Haute Couture, 1968
MINI-ROBE DE LAINAGE BLEU MARTIAL ET BRODERIE DE SAINT-GALL
COURREGES HAUTE COUTURE, 1968 A PALE BLUE WOOL AND WHITE ORGANZA MINI-DRESS, EMBROIDERED WITH FLORETS AND SCALLOPED EDGINGS




Paco Rabanne Haute Couture, 1966 - Lot 91

Paco Rabanne Haute Couture, 1966
VESTE AJOURÉE EN CUIR RIVETÉ POTIRON
PACO RABANNE HAUTE COUTURE, 1966 A LEATHER JACKET FORMED FROM TRIANGULAR PATCHES OF ORANGE LEATHER LINKED BY METAL RIVETS, FROM THE WARDROBE OF THE FRENCH SINGER DANI




Balenciaga Haute Couture, 1965 - Lot 128

Balenciaga Haute Couture, 1965
MANTEAU EN DRAP DE LAINE NOIR BORDÉ DE VISON BLANC
BALENCIAGA HAUTE COUTURE, 1965 A BLACK WOOL EVENING COAT TRIMMED IN WHITE MINK, FROM THE WARDROBE OF MONA BISMARK





All I can think as I look at these lovely works of art are:

1) It would be so dreamy to wear these clothes.  Could you just IMAGINE how it would feel to put any of these items on and strut around?!  Glorious. 
2) Do they come in extended sizes? 
3) Could we make affordable knockoff items anytime soon?  ;)


If you would like to see more stunning offerings from this sale, click here.