Didier Ludot vintage couture sale brings almost €1 million at Sotheby's
A sale of vintage Haute Couture from the collection of French stylist and boutique owner Didier Ludot has fetched almost €1 million in Paris.
The Sotheby's sale, held in conjunction with vintage fashion specialists Kerry Taylor Auctions, featured a remarkable range of fashions dating from 1924 to 2006, providing "a complete overview of the history of 20th century fashion".
“I never thought of doing a sale like this,” said Ludot, “but it will give these dresses a second life, and teach young women about the fastidious lifestyle of women of the 1950s and ’60s.”
In total the sale realized €966,259 ($1,069,533) soaring above its high estimate of €415,000, with the auctioneer claiming the white gloves as every one of the 171 lots found a buyer.
The auction offered pieces by designers including Paul Poiret, Madame Grès, Christian Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, John Galliano and Comme des Garçons.
The highest price of the sale was achieved by a Balenciaga evening dress formerly owned by Francine Weisweiler, the elgant Parisien socialite whose friends included Cocteau and Picasso. Covered entirely in pink ostrich feathers, the dress sold for €56,250 ($62,262), far beyond its pre-sale estimate of €6,000-8,000.
Further highlights included a Pierre Cardin evening dress which sold for €41,250 ($45,659); a checked wool suit designed for Christian Dior by Gianfranco Ferre which realized €35,000 ($38,741); and a Yves Saint Laurent feathered evening mini-dress which went for €23,750 ($26,288).
"I am extremely happy about my collaboration with Sotheby's," said Ludot, following the sale. "A number of pieces really took off, while others remained at affordable prices. I like the idea of these models setting out on a new life."
"These majestic results reflect the huge enthusiasm of the international market for Haute Couture," commented auctioneer Camille de Foresta and 20th century design specialist Florent Jeanniard. "It is a universal discipline that appeals to enlightened collectors and institutions, while attracting an elegant new public."
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