Catalina Barcena's Lanvin dresses to auction in London


2015-06-26 13:03:56


Catalina Barcena's Lanvin dresses to auction in London

Scandalous film star Catalina Barcena's Lanvin dresses are coming to Christie's Vintage Couture sale

Paul Fraser Collectibles,Thursday 22November 2012

Lanvin dressesworn by 20th century Spanish film star Catalina Barcena will provide one of the major attractions at Christie'slive Vintage Couture auction in London on November 29.

The collection of Barcena's highly embellished dresses will include a silk Jean Lanvin Robe de Style from the Paris fashion house's 1922 hiver collection - estimated at3,500 ($5,300)- and an ivory, sequinned flapper-style dress, also thought to be by Lanvin, and valued at2,000 ($3,000).

Christie's couture sale vintageA 5,000 ($7,500)-estimated sheer black robe from Barcena's personal collectionwill go on sale at Christie's

The collection is rooted in scandal as, subsequent to his wife's death, Barcena's husband discovered her numerous affairs and ordered that their daughter burn every item of Barcena's clothing that remained, "because they belonged to an adulteress," the Telegraph newspaper reported in October.

Instead, Barcena's daughter wrapped her mother's designer clothes up in dust sheets and hid armfuls of elaborate gowns at the back of her own wardrobe.

Away from the Barcena items, the carefully curated event will boast a host of designer brands, including luxurious Hermes handbags and rare vintage pieces by a diverse array of designers. As such, the auction presents an opportunity to acquire exceptional examples of early 20th century fashion.

AChristie's online sale, dedicated to handbags and shoes, is currently running alongside the Vintage Couture auction, with bidding coming to a close on November 30.

Collectors of film stars' designer clothing will also be looking forward to December's Greta Garbo estate auction, which will feature 50 dresses.

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Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles we have a range of collectible clothing in stock, including a pair of silk trousers which once belonged to Princess Diana, and an original Playboy bunny costume from the late 60s.

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