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Make Money With Haute Couture and Vintage designer Fashion
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"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades"
I have to agree with Audrey here, not only do the beauty of elegance never fades, but when beautiful materials are crafted into stunning outfits by a top fashion designer the aesthetic beauty can also be timeless.
If you are one of the lucky few who are in possession of the odd designer pieces just languishing in your wardrobe, you may well be sitting on a goldmine.There is gold in them there dresses!! So start making money from vintage and designer fashion.
Haute Couture is French for high sewing, high dressmaking, high tailoring or high fashion, it refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing which are sewn entirely by hand.
The Haute Couture name is protected by law, legally, a fashion house can only describe its designs as Haute Couture after meeting some very strict requirements.
Clothing must be from one of 11 Paris couture houses that are registered to the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. To register, fashion houses must follow certain rules. However; In the 21st century, this is not necessarily the case, the term has been misused to the point where the real meaning of couture has become somewhat blurred with time.
Many famous French fashion houses closed during the occupation of Paris in World War ll, Chanel included. However; some of the new ones managed to keep their doors open during this difficult time, and the post war period saw the return to prominence of haute couture through iconic French designers like Dior, Chanel, Balmain and Givenchy, to name a few. These giants, were followed by a host of creative designers from London, New York, and Milan. Although haute couture would undergo a number of changes, it would never-the-less remain quintessentially French.
The rich and well-heeled wants exclusivity; they are prepared to pay for clothing that are unique, with an individual style and elegance, which they found in haute couture. Haute Couture originated in France, with the arrival of Charles Frederick Worth in 1845.
Worth was an Englishman who would ironically become known as the father of Paris couture. His dresses were in such high demand, it became the first clothes in history to carry its own label. Worth was followed by Paul Poiret who lost his throne to the woman with a distinct style all of her own, Coco Chanel.
In this current climate, a designer wardrobe means money. Unwanted couture pieces can be auctioned off for a great deal of money. vintage couture are well made, they are unique and with their famous labels, people are prepared to pay well to acquire them.
Bargain-hunters waited in long queues on a quiet street in Chelsea recently. And no; they were not queuing for the latest Gucci or Jimmy Choo must have accessory, they were jostling for position outside a Red Cross charity shop to purchase used clothing, but not just any old rubbish. This was a one-off sale of top designer outfits, previously worn by Britain's best known trendsetter.
Before moving house, Victoria and David Beckham donated much of their wardrobes to raise money to help survivors of the Philippines Typhoon disaster. Many shoppers eager to get their hands on these top designer clothing waited for hours, although only 150 of them would be allowed to make a purchase.
Investing in a particular designer or in a decade such as the twenties, thirties, sixties, seventies or even the naughty nineties is now akin to collecting art. There is money to be made from collecting fashion items, not only works by famous French designers, although those are at a premium, well made bespoke clothing will make money, as will clothing by new and not so well known designers that are likely to do well in the future.
What to Collect
If you think this may be a good way to earn some money, and would like to give it a whirl, you could start by collecting a favourite designer or decade. You can collect vintage items, or you may prefer to obtain good quality new items that will become vintage.
The real designer outfits
Find out if a designer name is really a genuine designer name, this can be checked through the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris (French Federation of Fashion). the biggest names in the world of fashion who are considered to be high-end couturiers are listed here as members.
Check the list of grand couturiers for ideas of names you may want to keep an eye out for. The real vintage clothing is in high demand, mainly because the names are no longer produced.
Names such as Charles Worth, Norman Hartnell, Biba, Mariano Fortuny and Paul Poiret were all high fliers in their time and are highly sort after today. However, items from original designers of houses that still exists today, like Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Versace are also just as desirable. Rare pieces that were produced in a limited quantIty and remain in good condition will retain or increase their value. Museums who buy from auction houses prefers smaller sizes, therefore you may find that the smaller sizes are more valuable that the larger ones.
Decade of Fashion
When choosing fashion by decade, it's a good idea to dig around fashion achieves to gain an understanding of what is fashionable and trendy, or what was the trademark of a particular designer.
Collaborations by certain well known designers with high street retailers has yet to prove their worth in the vintage market. From Karl Lagerfeld for H&M to Zandra Rhodes for Marks and Spencer, these joint ventures has yet to show up in the auction houses or become vintage. Unfortunately; despite the impressive names, these clothing are only likely to bring in a small profit, since the quality remains high street.
By reading up on fashion and its history you can see which trends were popular way back or even as recent as fashion week 2011, 2012 and 2013, look at Paris fashion week, Milan fashion week, London and Toronto they are the perfect medium to soak up the atmosphere and learn about the fashion designer game. Learn about specific fashion houses that have inspired a particular trend and who led the way with the most innovative designs. When choosing, it is a good idea to go for inspirational pieces that created the greatest impact.
The internet is a great way to research. Consider whether the item in question may have appeared on the covers of major magazines, was it controversial, maybe a trendsetter that was innovating for its time, and if so why?
Fashion from the 40s were influenced by wartime rationing and are more restrained; the emphasis was primarily on comfort. However; after the war, Christian Dior caused quite a stir with the 'new look' fitted jackets and full skirts, his designs are highly sought after by collectors. Dior black faille cocktail dress could be worth in the region of £1000-£2000.
The 60s were a great decade for fashion, with inspiration by designers like Mary Quant and shops like Biba, this was a time when the radical hemlines began to get shorter, and the mini was born.
Make money from designer outfits
Items of clothings from a top fashion designer can be worth as much as the price of a small car. The reasons for this:
They were made in limited numbers
Made by hand
Big name designers
Time consuming to create a couture piece
Valuable when first released
Becomes pieces of cultural history
Signature of its decade
Becomes historical artefact
What is Vintage Fashion
Vintage is about the era in which an item was produced. It should be of a certain quality and designed with a timeless beauty that is pleasing aesthetically. As a rule, vintage fashion refers to clothing and accessories at least 20 years old, but since vintage fashion is now so coveted and sought after, an item may be referred to as 'vintage' although it may only be two or three seasons old.
The best places to buy vintage and couture items are from auction houses in key market cities; this is where vintage dealers and costume museums look for stock. The large ones are Doyle in New York, Drouot in Paris, Kerry Tailor in London and Julien's in Los Angeles.
In 2006, the auction house Christie's in London sold the little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film, Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961) for a massive £467,200. The dress that was actually sold below its estimate price was made especially for the actress by Monsieur Givenchy.
Finding vintage items of this calibre and pedigree is not an easy task, but one can still make good money from vintage and designer clothing. The historical context and notoriety can help to add value to them.
Even pieces that may not appear to be much of a steal at the moment, can become much sought after in the future, based on the particular item, the design, the designer and of course, the reputation of the previous owner, a seemingly ordinary design can prove to be a big earners .
Famous Fashion Brand
David and Victoria Beckham are 21st century icons of fashion, they are Britain's most popular celebrity couple, and are known worldwide. Someone on TV recently commented, that if he were to be taken prisoner in some far-flung country, he could bridge the gap in language and culture by repeating the name of David Beckham. Well... I wouldn't go out of my way to prove the point, but it would seem that the popular footballer and his former Spice Girl wife, are so well know, that a simple mention of the Beckham's name, (itself a popular brand), may well be able to save lives in a hostage situation. Victoria's tiny size 6, her notoriety and her fashion style makes her clothing very collectable.
The bargain hunters seen queuing at the Red Cross Charity Shop in Chelsea, are very aware of the fact that designer wardrobes can prove to be very lucrative indeed.
Vintage Shops Include:
The FROCK.com vintage wedding dresses
Vintage Couture www.onlineonly.christies.com
Vintage clothing www.oxfam.org.uk/vintage
From the fabulously outrageous Britain Fashion Designer Zandra Rhodes, princess of punk
Collect vintage fashion from your favourite decade
Which decade's fashion style do you love the most?
(2012) 11 Registered Haute Couture French Designers
- Stephane Rolland
- Adeline Andre
- Anne Valerie Hash
- Christophe Josse
- Giambattista Valli
- Franck Sorbier
- Christian Dior
- Atelier Gustavolins
- Jean Paul Gaultier