Saturday, December 11, 2010

1stDibs-ing "haute" style

Someone has been buying up all the haute couture listed on 1st Dibs.  This makes me both curious (is it one person buying everything in sight, are there a handful of savvy stylists out there scouring the internet?  Is some billionaire hoarding it all in a personal museum somewhere?) and very envious.

For example, I feel that I should have these:

Balenciaga hat
And I quote: "Created by Cristobal Balenciaga for a New York lady who was a member of the International Best Dressed List this hat is simply stunning. Perched at a jaunty angle the hat is composed of overlapping sheer black petals with a padded flower head at the back." 

Dior haute couture gown, circa 1968
"An important provenience [sic], revealed upon purchase."  Ooooh the mystery....

Christian Dior ivory silk cloche day dress, 1965

Christian Dior haute couture black gown with cape, c.1973

2-piece Givenchy bodysuit
"This Haute Couture Givenchy maxi-skirt in vibrant red broad tail with a black crochet bodysuit was custom made for Countess Claudia Osborne of Madrid. A perfect holiday party outfit!
Note: Givenchy label not intact but with a strong provenance as noted in the Preface of the book "Balenciaga and His Legacy" by Myra Walker". 

Well, in that case.... 

Chanel, 1980s haute couture silk dress

Christian Dior 1954 spring/summer haute couture gown

Chanel haute couture georgette dress, May 2004

Valentino haute couture ostrich and zebra sequin coat, 1965
Balenciaga evening dress and coat, 1950's
Somebody owns this now.

Christian Dior Russian Broadtail and Mink Bolero

Yves St. Laurent gabardine wrap dress


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