Vintage Chanel couture cocktail dress auctions for $26,000

A Chanel couture striped-satin cocktail dress has sold at Kerry Taylor Auctions for £17,000 ($26,118).

Estimated to be worth a mere £1,200, the breathtaking bandeau dress sold on June 25, with a 1,317% increase.

Chanel dress auction
Magnifique: The top-performing
Chanel cocktail dress

Labelled and numbered 4078, the dress hails from Chanel's Spring-Summer 1956 collection (conceived under the stewardship of Coco Chanel herself), which was defined by wasp-waists and voluminous, calf-length skirts.

The garment features a boned, strapless, satin bodice striped in burgundy and ivory and a spotted organdie skirt.

A rare pair of Diana Slip fetish boots also put in a strong performance, bringing £2,600 ($3,994).

Circa 1930, the French fetish boots would have been almost impossible to walk in due to their torturous dimensions.

Diana Slip, a specialist lingerie and erotica company, was established in Paris by Leo Vidal during the 1930s.

Kerry Taylor Auctions assert: "They specialised in fetish clothes, saucy postcards and literature and everything madame or monsieur might require for the boudoir, so to speak."

Chanel dress auction
These Parisian kinky boots weren’t
made for walking…

Collectible clothing is an expansive and fascinating market.

While a vintage Dior dress will retain its value if it is properly looked after, the very same dress, if worn by a star, will be worth considerably more - such is the contemporary power of celebrity.

Later today, Liz Taylor's very first wedding dress is to cross the auction block in London.

Stick with Paul Fraser Collectibles for auction results as they happen.

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