Applause as Paris fashion sale fetches EUR 1.8m

12th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 12 (AFP) - An unprecedented sale of more than 600 items of clothes and furnishings by avant-garde French designer Paul Poiret fetched more than EUR 1.8 million (USD 2.4 million), organisers said Thursday.

PARIS, May 12 (AFP) - An unprecedented sale of more than 600 items of clothes and furnishings by avant-garde French designer Paul Poiret fetched more than EUR 1.8 million (USD 2.4 million), organisers said Thursday.  

"We had an extremely enthusiastic public, and the sale finished with loud applause obviously meant for Paul and Denise Poiret," auctioneer Pierre-Emmanuel Audap told AFP.  

He spent three years organising the sale after being contacted by Poiret's granddaughter Sophie, in whose house the collection dating from 1905-1928 had lain undisturbed for several decades.  

It was the first sale of its kind of designs by Poiret, who revolutionised the world of fashion in the early 20th century by casting off women's tight corsets in favour of flowing dresses, often in bold, dramatic prints.  

The entire collection had belonged to his wife and muse, Denise, who after divorcing her husband in 1928 kept everything intact before passing it down to her daughter, and then granddaughter.  

Two world records for clothing were set during the two-day sale at the Drouot-Richelieu showrooms in Paris.  

A striking 1914 blue and white car coat set a new record for 20th-century couturier fashion when it sold for more than EUR 130,000 (USD 167,000), including costs, on Wednesday.  

A pair of beaded evening shoes featuring images of a man on one foot and a woman on the other went for 40,912 euros on Tuesday - a new record for the auction of shoes.  

Despite interest from French museums and fashion lovers, Audap confirmed that many of the more expensive items had been snapped up by overseas collectors and museums.  

Among the bidders for the collection were the Metropolitan Museum and the Fashion Institute of Technology, both in New York, along with the Fine Art Museum in San Francisco, the Brussels Museum, the Fashion Museum in Chile and the Louis Vuitton Museum.  

"Yes, a lot of things have gone abroad, but that's for the best as it helps to spread French culture, whereas here we tend to bury things away in the cellar," Audap said.  

"I'm very happy that items have gone to museums in America, Switzerland and others. They will be kept in a good condition. And the greatness of France is linked to that."   French museums however did take out options on many smaller items.  

"French couturiers also bought quite a few things and others bought small things as souvenirs," Audap added.

 

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