Friday, July 1, 2011

Rare Vintage Clothing Once Owned By Wallis Simpson

One of the reasons collecting vintage clothing is so fascinating is that each piece comes with its own unique story. The provenance of a garment is not always known, however (imagined or other wise) the romantic notion of its previous life adds to the allure.

It is extremely rare to find a vintage piece that has not only a truly historical story, but also a royal connection. Vintage Seekers currently listed on the site two items that were tailor-made in the 1960s, for Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor.

The first is a show stopping, unique ice blue Christian Dior Couture beaded bolero. It was hand-made and finished and is exquisitely detailed with sequins, crystals and hand-cut crystal droplets that is set upon silk chiffon. Actress Gillian Anderson, who played Wallis Simpson in the BBC adaptation of William Boyd’s Any Human Heart, recently wore the bolero to the 2011 BAFTA ceremony.

There is also a beautiful Maximillian cashmere and ocelot sweater. It is fitted with short-sleeves, a real ocelot fur panel down the front and a satin lining. Again, this piece was made especially for the Duchess.

Wallis Simpson was an American socialite who became notorious as the cause of Edward VIII’s abdication in 1936. Famed for her impeccable style and sophistication, Wallis Simpson was thought of as a fashion icon throughout her life.

These two items, from Vintage Seekers, represent a rare piece of fashion history.
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