I once borrowed a very beautiful, very irreplaceable vintage dress from a co-worker for one of my first fancy fashion events a million years ago. I'd never worn something so special. It was like a dream. Needless to say, the after-after-after party went into the wee hours and someone knocked a candle over onto said designer gown, dousing chiffon with melted wax. I almost died. And then someone told me two magical words that ended up saving my sanity: Madame Paulette. Madame Paulette is the go-to dry cleaner and fashion restoration spot for everyone in the fashion industry in New York and now they're celebrating their 50th anniversary. They can fix even the most un-fixable of disasters or bring historical pieces back to life. To mark the occasion during the week of June 15th, they're unveiling a new look at their flagship location as well as window displays of historical pieces (going all the way back to the late 1800s) that they've restored. Here's to another 50 years of saving beautiful clothing, and the careers of hard-partying editorial assistants across Manhattan.
Legendary Vintage Fashion Auctioneer Kerry Taylor on Madame Grès, Princess Di, and Why She Won't Loan Out Dresses
Ever wonder where great vintage comes from? In some cases, it surfaces at auctions, where dealers can acquire trunk loads of frayed 1930s chiffon dresses for pennies against the final retail price. But there’s another side to clothing auctions, one in which London-based fashion auctioneer Kerry Taylor specializes—museum-quality vintage and haute couture.