“But there is something sad about clothes laid in a tomb of trunks. They need to live again and this auction provides the opportunity for them to walk out in the sunshine, to dance the night away and to give someone else the joy that they gave to me.” That’s the spirit, from the International Herald Tribune‘s fashion editor Suzy Menkes, giving way to today’s Christie’s auction of 80 lots from the iconic journalist’s wardrobe.
The online-only, single-owner, two-week-long sale is a first for the auction house. Menkes, who says she’s never thrown out any item of clothing, is parting with a portion of her historically prescient closet because it can’t be properly displayed. The majority of the lots from “IN MY FASHION: The Suzy Menkes Collection” are expected to sell for under $1500. Expect to see early Christian Lacroix (Menkes was one of his first adopters), classic pieces by Yves Saint Laurent, and accessories from Hermès and Chanel, among a plethora of others.
If you don’t expect to be awarded an O.B.E by Her Majesty the Queen or made a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur anytime soon, here’s your chance to narrow the gap by a fraction of a fraction, at least donning the garments of someone who has.