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General Clothing

Clothes are as old as mankind. Early humans of the Stone Age draped themselves in animal hides before Paleolithic people began weaving plant fibers into cloth. Textiles ultimately gained significant cultural and economic importance, shaping the direction of fashion and commerce for centuries to come.

It may have all started in the ancient world, when anthropologists say the string skirts mentioned by the Greek poet Homer and depicted in Bronze-Age artifacts could have been worn at the equivalent of debutante balls to celebrate budding womanhood. But it was the 20th century that transformed clothing in the West. Liberty of London loosened corset laces, Coco Chanel invented the little black dress, Yves Saint Laurent spawned couture's rise, and Mary Quant shrunk hemlines to unseen levels. For their part, menswear designers like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani provided men with relaxed elegance, Savile Row gave the world British bespoke, and Italian tailors like Brioni took dressing to new handcrafted heights.

As a result, auction enthusiasts can today indulge in recent catwalk looks from Calvin Klein and Givenchy as well as vintage clothing including flapper era trappings, early Levi's jeans, and more.


Quick Facts

  • In a 2015 Richard Edmonds auction in England, a pair of Queen Victoria's cotton bloomers sold for £10,500
  • Grunge rock cult figure Kurt Cobain's cardigan sweater worn at his 1993 performance on MTV's "Unplugged" fetched an incredible $140,800 at a Julien's auction in 2015
  • In 2011, Marilyn Monroe's famed subway scene dress from "The Seven-Year Itch" sold at a Profiles in History auction in Beverly Hills for a staggering $5.6 million

Recommended Items at Auction

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Afghan Stripe Silk Caftan Tunic
Sep 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Afghan Stripe Silk Caftan Tunic
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$554 Bids
Keith Haring Vintage Radiant Baby and Barking Dog Tee
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Keith Haring Vintage Radiant Baby and Barking Dog Tee
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$401 Bid
MONTANA COWBOY LEATHER CHAPS
Oct 02, 9:00 AM MDT
MONTANA COWBOY LEATHER CHAPS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$101 Bid
Sweatshirts
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Sweatshirts
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
COLLECTION OF MONTANA VINTAGE T SHIRTS
Sep 30, 9:00 AM MDT
COLLECTION OF MONTANA VINTAGE T SHIRTS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
Group Lululemon & Assorted Brand Leggings & Capri
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Group Lululemon & Assorted Brand Leggings & Capri
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$10 Bids
A fabric minaudière, Comolli, 1950s
Oct 05, 3:30 PM CEST
A fabric minaudière, Comolli, 1950s
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €100- €200
€1000 Bids
Four long cloaks, 1960s - 70s
Oct 05, 10:30 AM CEST
Four long cloaks, 1960s - 70s
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €300- €400
€3000 Bids
ELKMONT LEATHER VEST
Oct 01, 9:00 AM MDT
ELKMONT LEATHER VEST
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
A Collection of Vintage Gloves
Oct 02, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Collection of Vintage Gloves
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell General Clothing


Davis Brothers Auction

Davis Brothers Auction

Cambi Casa d'Aste

Cambi Casa d'Aste

Weschler's

Weschler's

Concept Art Gallery

Concept Art Gallery