To coincide with Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, French auction house Artcurial is hosting a Fashion Arts auction, featuring leather goods by Louis Vuitton and Chanel, vintage dresses by Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Nina Ricci, vintage fashion illustrations, and two private collections of fashion and jewellery that will draw interest from the influx of couture clients in town for the week.

On the fashion side are 130 pieces from the archive of Elizabeth de Senneville, the stylist-turned-fashion-designer whose futuristic fabrics and avant-garde pieces came to the fore in the 1970s and 1980s. Also on offer are 100 lots of “haute couture” costume jewellery from the “Ciel mes bijoux” collection, spanning work by renowned goldsmith Robert Goossens for Balenciaga and Chanel in the 1950s and 1960s to colourful ‘poured glass’ work by Maison Gripoix for Dior and Yves Saint Laurent in the 1970s. The sale also features pieces by Gripoix for Chanel dating back to the 1930s.

Penélope Blanckaert, director of Artcurial’s Hermès Vintage and Fashion Arts department, selects the standout lots.Top lot
Besides clothing, we are also selling Haute Couture jewels from the acclaimed “Ciel mes Bijoux”, a unique collection by Godelieve and Patrick Sigal. One top lot is a very exclusive and rare necklace made by Coppola e Toppo for Valentino (lot 607), estimated at €10,000 to €15,000, but we also have a wide range of masterpieces from other famous jewels makers such as Robert Goossens, Maison Gripoix, Roger Jean-Pierre and Roger Scemama for main couture houses: Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Grès, Givenchy, and Chanel.

The dark horse
It is quite rare for an auction house to sell the work of a contemporary fashion designer. This is why we are very proud to sell a range of works by the very talented French couture designer, Franck Sorbier. We hope that buyers will be interested in the lots that demonstrate fantastic skill and artistry such as on this bold hand painted coat (lot 488) or that pay tribute to artists, such as the homage to Joan Miro on the jacket Flair (lot 489). We will also display a collection of drawings from Sorbier (lots 492 to 495) and a selection of unique artistic works of Sorbier called the “Portraits” (lots 484 to 487).