Hindman’s Couture & Luxury Accessories Department specializes in vintage clothing, textiles, and luxury accessories dating from the 18th century to the present. Its auctions offer a compelling range of contemporary and vintage fashion, haute couture, luxury accessories, and museum-quality artifacts. Through the presentation of a carefully curated selection of property from North America and Europe, the department offers four annual auctions of important and rare items from museums, private collectors and estates.
The Couture & Luxury Accessories Department accepts consignments of a single item, small collections, and estates. Our international buyers regularly seek a variety of Couture categories, including High Fashion, Historic Dress & Textiles, Luxury Handbags & Accessories, and Luxury Fur. We invite you to contact the department for a complimentary auction estimate.
The most celebrated names in luxury fashion are top performers in Hindman’s ‘High Fashion’ category, which include men’s and women’s individual clothing items and ensembles made from the 1960s to today. Designs in this category are often progressive, well-known and celebrated examples by the top names in fashion, such as Christian Dior, Issey Miyake, Chanel, Ralph Rucci, Junya Watanabe, Yves Saint Laurent, Halston, Comme des Garcons, Valentino and Oscar de la Renta.
This category features designs that are bold and bright in their use of material and color, progressive in their pattern cutting and design and often feature highly skilled examples of embroidery or other hand-sewn details in the construction and embellishment. The designs in this category are always in good to mint condition and are often unworn, while still retaining their original retail labels.
Items in this category were created prior to the 1950s and, due to their rarity and fragility, are often purchased as archive items or study pieces for private collections, schools and museums. Designers that perform well in this category are Charles Frederick Worth (the ‘Father of Haute Couture’), Doucet, Callot Soeurs, Emile Pingat, Vionnet, Paul Poiret, Chanel, Irene, Adrian and Claire McCardel.
This category features clothing, accessories and textiles that are historically significant because of who designed or made them, or because they capture a historically significant trend, material use or construction technique.
Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Chanel are Hindman’s three top-selling brands for luxury handbags and accessories, with a near 100% sell-through rate in the Couture & Luxury Accessories auctions. These results follow an international trend on the secondary market, which continues to see Hermès and, specifically, the Hermès Birkin as the leading investment.
Hindman’s other top brands in this category include Gucci, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Judith Leiber, Nancy Gonzalez and Lana Marks.
Hindman’s luxury fur category regularly features the top names in the fur industry, including Birger Christensen, Revillon, Dennis Basso, Fendi, J. Mendel, Valentino, Ralph Rucci, Chanel, Givenchy and Zandra Rhodes. The top-selling fur types include sable and chinchilla with bright colors and bold designs being the most popular.
Timothy Long is the director and senior specialist of the Couture & Luxury Accessories Department at Hindman.
Mr. Long joined the firm in 2018, after nearly 20 years as a curator of fashion and decorative arts in museums in the United States and United Kingdom, including the Museum of London, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and Chicago History Museum. At Hindman, he works closely with individual clients, collectors, dealers, and museums throughout the world to identify, authenticate, and bring to auction exciting collections of couture and luxury accessories. Mr. Long’s recent publications include Charles James: Designer in Detail and a chapter on the same designer in London Couture: British Luxury 1923–1975, both published by V&A Publishing.
“Laurent shows his acclaim with this purple silk and elaborately embroidered collar dress.”
“A rare commodity on the market.”
“Beautiful example of fitting using carefully placed seams and geometric pattern pieces.”
“The iconic Hermès Birkin bag is an auction favorite.”
“A brooch designed for the legendary Coco Chanel herself.”
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