Fashion & Beauty

Bidding on Fashion

May 1, 2014


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THEY JUST DON’T make clothes the way they used to. Which may explain, at least in part, our current love affair with any article of clothing that can claim vintage status.

A few years ago, savvy Sloans and Kenyon decided to deviate from its traditional fare of furniture and paintings and experiment with a fashion-focused auction. The Bethesda auction house now holds these events two or three times a year, testament to the favorable attention they’ve received from a crowd that includes dealers as well as designers, students, collectors and the curious.

Closets of well-heeled Washingtonians — ambassadors’ wives,  socialites and philanthropists –filled with cocktail attire, long evening gowns and little black frocks are the draw.

This Saturday, more than 350 items will go on the block for S&K’s vintage and couture clothing and jewelry auction, including  two Pucci silk dresses, circa 1960; a Judith Leiber ostrich handbag; a  late ’90s Hermes orange alligator Kelly bag and a 1980s’ Geoffrey Beene hot-pink taffeta skirt. Let the bidding begin.

Janet Kelly




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