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A selection of fashion from the UNSTOPPABLE: SIGNATURE STYLES OF ICONIC WOMEN IN FASHION auction.

January 15, 2024

Five chic lots from the UNSTOPPABLE: SIGNATURE STYLES OF ICONIC WOMEN IN FASHION auction.

LOT 1

A champagne charmeuse evening dress with a tulle ruffled petticoat worn by Paris Hilton on her self-titled 2006 album cover (Warner Brothers 2006).

A Louis Verdad custom-made garment for Paris Hilton, a seamed bustier top with midriff cut-outs between the bustier and skirt. Rhinestone-covered buttons fasten the top and skirt together. The seam work shows the elegant craftsmanship and detailed construction referencing the 1940s, the skirt has beautiful godet pleats that rest on the layered tulle underskirt, allowing the tailored skirt to swish flirtatiously. A zip closure at the back of the skirt, two rhinestone buttons to fasten the top, and adjustable charmeuse straps, labeled Louis Verdad, marked XS.

The dress is designed by Mexican-American designer Louis Verdad, known for bringing Parisian couture to Los Angeles Fashion Week. The dress Paris wears on her album cover has become a part of the pop culture zeitgeist, with artist Banksy altering the album cover image to expose Paris’ Hilston’s breast; Banksy planted 500 copies of the CDs in music stores in the U.K. that he signed “Paris, x” in marker with a heart over the lowercase “i.”

The album debuted sixth on the Billboard Top 200 in 2006 and featured the single "Stars are Blind" which peaked at eighteen on the Billboard Top 100. Hilton remixed the song with Kim Petras in May 2023, seventeen years after its original release.

This lot is accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity from the designer and a CD of the Paris Hilton album.

Bust 30 inches Waist 22 inches Hips 32 Inches Length 38 inches

PROVENANCE From the Archives of Louis Verdad

LOT 19

A Burberry London metallic gold cotton trench coat worn by Whitney Houston while performing at the Mawazine Music Festival in Morocco in 2008 and at a Caudwell Children’s Charity Meet & Greet, April 30, 2008.

The trench is single-breasted with gold-tone metal buttons and hardware, accessorized with an adjustable belt with buckle at the waist. Key design details include a wide pointed collar, epaulets, patch pockets, and top-stitching detail throughout. A Burberry London label is present, marked size 8.

Whitney performed a medley of her number-one hits during her concert. She began her performance wearing a tailored white suit, halfway through the performance she changed from her blazer to the trench coat going into a performance of "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."

Burberry began in 1956 by founder Thomas Burberry, who designed outwear that was suited for the British weather and climate. When Thomas designed gaberdine in 1879, patented in 1888, a lightweight, weatherproof material it became an English wardrobe staple. The brand’s most coveted design is its gaberdine trench coat, designed during World War I, in 1920, a plaid check (a.k.a Nova Check) was added as a lining for the trench, creating the house design signature, which continues to be adapted every season.

LOT 20

A white patent leather trench coat with belt worn by Lady Gaga on April 28, 2018, posted on her Instagram account, designed by Georgian designer Tamuna Ingorovka.

A knee-length white patent leather single-breasted trench coat, button closure, with an extra-long belt. The trench has a fold-over collar and notched lapel, with a storm shield at the back shoulders, single button cuffs, and black lining. There is an Ingorkva label present, no size tag present.

This trench was featured in Tamuna Ingorovka’s Spring/Summer 2018 runway show, look number three. Lady Gaga, known for avant-garde fashions has used her celebrity to market young and emerging designers.

This item is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the designer.

LOT 42

A pair of Dolce and Gabbana peacock feather-hued paisley embellished brocade pants and matching sling-back heels worn by Cher to the 2000 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

A pair of straight-leg trousers composed of an iridescent peacock-feathered hued paisley brocade with surface design. The pants are embellished with faceted pastel-colored prong set stones and gold seed beads. Design features include creased pant legs with slits at the interior hem of the pant legs. The pants have a zip-fly with a hook-and-eye closure and are lined with hot pink silk, no designer label present, and size unmarked. Accompanied by a matching pair of brocade sling-backs with faceted glass beaded clusters on the shoe vamps, rose pink leather-lined soles, and stamped with Dolce and Gabbana in gold leaf, size 38 1/2.

These pants were featured in the designer's spring/summer 2000 collection, look 65, September 29, 1999. The collection was all about opulence and excess, Vogue Runways (then Style.com) reports, "A typical look from their runway included a paisley-print transparent top, embroidered tapestry microskirt with oversized diamanté buckle, leopard tights, jewel-fringed boots, and a glittering choker."

Dolce and Gabbana began their line in 1985 with their clothing lending to Mediterranean sensibilities as well as being sexy and embellished with feminine opulence. The duo have become known for their celebrity collaborations with Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Kim Kardashian. Celebrities who wear Dolce and Gabbana have a strong, daring, sexy style and an eye for drama.

Link to image available upon request.

Waist 28 inches Hips 36 inches Inseam 32 inches Length 41 inches

PROVENANCE Lot 528 "The Collection of Cher," Julien's Auctions (Sale 20062), October 3, 2006

LOT 98

A black Louis Vuitton pleated silk gown designed by Marc Jacobs for Donna Summer for a private performance at the Louis Vuitton New Bond Street flagship in London, England, May 25, 2010.

A custom-made Louis Vuitton black pleated gown, a head-turning piece, that would have prompted her to sing “I Feel Love.” The lovely light silk is sheer with fine fan pleats at the front and back of the gown with hand-pleating at the bust of the gown. Complete with twisted stapes entwined with gold link chains. The gown is designed with a sheer back, with no label present. There is an LV engraved on the side-zip pull, but no marked size.

Donna Summer performed at the after-party for the re-opening of the Louis Vuitton New Bond Street store, celebrity guests included Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Macpherson. Marc Jacobs was even brought up on stage to sing backup for "On the Radio." Summer was a style icon to Jacobs whose spring 2011 collection drew inspiration from the "Disco Queen."

The gown is based on the final look of Louis-Vuitton’s 2010 Cruise collection, designed by Marc Jacobs (Louis Vuitton Creative Director 1998-2013) and Julie de Libran (who designed for Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Sonia Rykiel). A Grecian look that is as light and ethereal as Donna Summer’s voice.

Bust 40 inches Waist 34 inches Hips Open Length 59 1/2 inches

PROVENANCE Lot 82 "The Collection of Donna Summer," Christie's (Sale 21005) June 29, 2023

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