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Designer Clothing

For brand-conscious types who appreciate luxury apparel, nothing compares to designer clothes. From off-the-rack clothing to custom-made couture, there's something for everyone to be found on the auction block.

Designer clothing takes many forms. There are labels like Yves Saint Laurent, who took what were traditionally considered to be masculine looks and converted them into beautiful, feminine creations. And colorful, ultra-modern pieces by Pierre Cardin, the Italian-born Frenchman appreciated for his futuristic, avant-garde designs.

There are also fashion basics, including leggings and blazers, by Donna Karan, founder of the DKNY label. Karan's concept of dressing is based on Seven Easy Pieces, a handful of interchangeable staples that form the foundation of an entire wardrobe. Stylish suits and separates for men and women are made by influential designers such as Giorgio Armani, who revolutionized the use of fluid, lightweight fabrics to clean, tailored looks with a classic feel.

Everything from vintage labels dating to the golden era of haute couture to contemporary stars of the ready-to-wear world are common sights at auction.


Quick Facts

  • A 1966 Mondrian-inspired black and yellow Yves Saint Laurent dress was auctioned off at Christie’s in England in December 2013 for £30,000. The dress is believed to be a gift to Madame la Baronne Guy de Rothschild of the aristocratic European banking family
  • In 2011, an auction at Augusta saw a period (1920-1949) zoot suit with characteristic long jacket and balloon-style pants in a cream striped wool go for an incredible $78,000
  • In November 2014, a Augusta Auction Company sale of an early 1920s multicolored silk beaded dress by London-trained French designer Madeleine Vionnet achieved a hammer price of $90,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Lot of 2 Burberry Pieces
Apr 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 2 Burberry Pieces
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$608 Bids
Yves Saint Laurent Ladies Fur Coat
Apr 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Yves Saint Laurent Ladies Fur Coat
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $400- $800
$705 Bids
Gucci, Milan: Black Fine Wool Round Neck Jumper, Gathering Detail to Armholes
Apr 18, 11:00 AM AEST
Gucci, Milan: Black Fine Wool Round Neck Jumper, Gathering Detail to Armholes
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD805 Bids
GIORGIO’S Palm Beach Aqua Wool Dress NWT Italy
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
GIORGIO’S Palm Beach Aqua Wool Dress NWT Italy
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$64 Bids
Prada, Milan: Cream Cotton Blend Collared Button Front Sleeveless Blouse, Gathered Peplum with Attached Tie at Waist
Apr 18, 11:00 AM AEST
Prada, Milan: Cream Cotton Blend Collared Button Front Sleeveless Blouse, Gathered Peplum with Attached Tie at Waist
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD603 Bids
Gucci, Milan: Black Wool Blend Pants, Slight Flare to Leg, One Slit Pocket to Rear, Hook & Eye & Zip Fly Closure
Apr 18, 11:00 AM AEST
Gucci, Milan: Black Wool Blend Pants, Slight Flare to Leg, One Slit Pocket to Rear, Hook & Eye & Zip Fly Closure
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD603 Bids
Jean Paul Gaultier Asian Fish Mesh Skirt, Italy
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Jean Paul Gaultier Asian Fish Mesh Skirt, Italy
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$603 Bids
Emporio Armani, Firenze: Dark Grey Twill Wool Three Button Fitted Overcoat
Apr 18, 11:00 AM AEST
Emporio Armani, Firenze: Dark Grey Twill Wool Three Button Fitted Overcoat
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1603 Bids
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Prada Shearling Coat, size 40
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
Prada Shearling Coat, size 40
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD1702 Bids
10PC Burberry & Other Designer Clothes
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
10PC Burberry & Other Designer Clothes
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $300
$752 Bids
Lot of 2 Designer Pieces
Apr 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 2 Designer Pieces
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$152 Bids
Max Mara, Milan: Black Wool Blend Hooded Car Coat, Detachable Alpaca Wool Blend Inner, Zip Closure, Matching Belt, Two Flap Pockets
Apr 18, 11:00 AM AEST
Max Mara, Milan: Black Wool Blend Hooded Car Coat, Detachable Alpaca Wool Blend Inner, Zip Closure, Matching Belt, Two Flap Pockets
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD180- AUD220
AUD902 Bids
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Gucci Long Jacket, size 40
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
Gucci Long Jacket, size 40
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD4002 Bids
IRO, Paris: White Cotton Polyester Blend, Zip Jacket, Rib Collar & Cuffs, Lace Up Detail to Sides, Two Slit Pocket
Apr 18, 11:00 AM AEST
IRO, Paris: White Cotton Polyester Blend, Zip Jacket, Rib Collar & Cuffs, Lace Up Detail to Sides, Two Slit Pocket
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD452 Bids
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Burberrys' London Trench Coat, gentleman fits size M
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
Burberrys' London Trench Coat, gentleman fits size M
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1002 Bids
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Gucci By Tom Ford, Dress Pant 1998 S/S, size 44
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
Gucci By Tom Ford, Dress Pant 1998 S/S, size 44
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1102 Bids
1966 LEVI'S 501 STF DISPLAY JEANS.
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
1966 LEVI'S 501 STF DISPLAY JEANS.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $200- $300
$202 Bids
Large collection of vintage dresses and matching sets inc. Lyman's and Valentino
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
Large collection of vintage dresses and matching sets inc. Lyman's and Valentino
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1002 Bids
J.R. Dule Designer Custom Dress
Apr 18, 11:00 AM EDT
J.R. Dule Designer Custom Dress
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $300
$101 Bid
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Paris: Black & White Polka-Dot Silk & Wool Jacket, Logo Buttons
Apr 18, 11:00 AM AEST
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Paris: Black & White Polka-Dot Silk & Wool Jacket, Logo Buttons
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD601 Bid
Filippo, Rome-New York: Grey Wool Cashmere Blend Wide Rib, Oversize Deep V-Neck Slouch Sweater
Apr 18, 11:00 AM AEST
Filippo, Rome-New York: Grey Wool Cashmere Blend Wide Rib, Oversize Deep V-Neck Slouch Sweater
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Designer Clothing


Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

Rivich Auction

Rivich Auction