November 24, 2020

Sotheby’s to Auction 90 Years of Little Black Dresses

DRESSES TO IMPRESS: “The history of the little black dress is the history of fashion itself, as it is a garment that has adapted to scores of sociopolitical changes,” said fashion collector Didier Ludot, ahead of his “1921-2010 Les Petites Robes Noires” auction at Sotheby’s on Oct. 3.
For his second sale at the auction house, the Paris-based collector drew a 140-strong contingent of black dresses from his private collection by couturiers and designers such as Mariano Fortuny, Yves Saint Laurent, Jeanne Lanvin, Paco Rabanne and Helmut Lang.
“I’m at a point in my life where I’m thinking about transmissions. Here are items I’ve had for a long time, so I want them to be in good hands,” he said, noting that he had already had inquiries from museums and institutes. But parting is no sorrow for the collector. “Once I have bought them and held them in my hands, they belong to me forever,” he said.
Among the items going under the hammer are a fall 1956 cocktail dress by Hubert de Givenchy, which Ludot called the epitome of the genre; a 1925 Jean Patou “Nuit de Chine” dress, which was previously shown at the Metropolitan Museum’s 2015 “China: Through the Looking

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