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Julien’s Auctions announced the latest curation of its celebrity and luxury fashion category, “Unstoppable: Signature Styles of Iconic Women in Fashion”, a stunning collection of iconic high-profile fashion looks designed by the most legendary names and houses in luxury and couture fashion and worn by the most glamourous stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood to today’s trendsetting celebrities and influencers who are defining modern luxury.

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Dazzling and rare high fashion pieces owned and worn by legendary style icons, Princess Diana, Princess Grace of Monaco, Audrey Hepburn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Elizabeth Taylor, Cher, Kim Kardashian, Nicole Kidman, Joan Collins, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Paris Hiltonand designed by the likes of Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino and more, whose creations not only immortalized them as the world’s most admired and photographed women in the world but defined eras in fashion and the evolution of celebrity style, will be offered.

Princess Grace Kelly’s 1961 Givenchy Ensemble Worn to the White House to Meet President Kennedy 

Estimate US$60,000-80,000 | Auction Jan 18, 2024 

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No other woman personified Hollywood royalty more than Grace Kelly. As one of the most stylish and legendary stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Academy Award-winning actress left Hollywood when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956 and stepped into her next and most famous role as Princess Grace of Monaco. One of her garments from this style chapter in her life is this 1961 Givenchy ensemble worn to the White House with Prince Rainier to meet President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Watch the video of Grace Kelly’s visit to Ireland in 1961.  The ensemble consists of a beautiful “Kelly-green” wool, tweed sleeveless dress with a gathered skirt that floats effortlessly between the waist and hips that she wore with an elbow-length sleeved tweed jacket with a frayed, fringe trim. The lush-colored ensemble was worn with a white hat, which appears as flowers about to bloom.

rincess Diana’s 1985 Catherine Walker Black Silk Velvet Cocktail Dress

Estimate US$100,000-200,000 | Auction Jan 18, 2024

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Julien’s Auctions sold Princess Diana’s dress at a record-breaking US$1.1 million on December 17th.  Princess Diana broke the rules of Royal Fashion during her reign of era-defining style, personal looks, and fashion statements. An example is this black silk velvet cocktail dress created by one of the Princess of Wales’s favorite designers and close collaborators, Catherine Walker. This dress she wore to a private event features an off-the-shoulder neckline, a princess-seamed bodice with boning, and bias-cut ivory satin accents sewn at the neckline, cuffs, and hem. Walker created Princess Diana’s most famous garments for 16 years, whose designs are still worn by many royals today, including Kate Middleton, the current Princess of Wales. 

 Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Sex And The City” Opening Credits Tutu

Estimate US$8,000-12,000 | Auction Jan 18, 2024

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From one of television’s most “Unstoppable” female characters, Carrie Bradshaw, comes one of her most iconic fashion staples that became a pop culture symbol–her three-tier tutu skirt worn by Sarah Jessica Parker on the global phenomenon, Sex and the City. The oyster white tulle three-tier tutu skirt with a matching satin waistband worn by Parker in her Emmy award-winning role in the opening credits of the HBO series during its entire run from 1997-2004 was styled by fashion legend Patricia Field. The iconic skirt was purchased by Field, who found it while shopping for the series in New York’s garment district in a five-dollar bin. Parker’s character was originally going to wear a spring 1998 Marc Jacobs runway dress (seen on Kate Moss) in the opening credits, but Fields wanted to style her in something that wasn’t specific to the time so it wouldn’t date fashion-wise. After working with Sarah Jessica Parker previously on the film Miami Rhapsody, Field was specially asked by Parker to costume the series whose heralded collaboration produced the much talked about and signature Sex and the City style that made Parker and her fellow castmates Cynthia Rhodes, Kristen Davis and Kim Cattrall worldwide fashion sensations.  

 Christian Dior | John Galliano For Dior Fall 2000 Newspaper Print Dress

Estimate US$8,000-10,000 | Auction Jan 18, 2024

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One design that became a fashion sensation is this John Galliano for Christian Dior newsprint silk chiffon strapless gown with an asymmetrical ruffled flounce hemline. This design print for Dior became a commercial success when Parker wore a similar version of the Dior Gazette newspaper printed bias-cut cocktail dress in the show’s famous season 3 episode when she has lunch with Big’s wife Natasha played by Bridget Moynahan, who confronts Carrie about her affair with her husband. Since the design’s appearance on the show, it has entered the pop zeitgeist as a coveted fashion must-have.

 Audrey Hepburn’s 1970 Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Dress Worn to her Son’s Christening

Estimate US$8,000-10,000 | Auction Jan 18, 2024

Audrey Hepburn’s famous silhouette and choices in personal wardrobe worn off-screen were just as legendary and imprinted in fashion history as the accessories and couture she wore on screen in her iconic roles in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina and Roman Holiday. Hepburn wore this empire-waisted Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche matelassé ecru gown with a blue velvet sash to her son Luca’s 1970 christening.  The image of her wearing this delicate and demure yet stunning dress highlights Hepburn’s maternal warmth and nature and was published in the 2015 book Audrey At Home by her son Luca Dotti. The dress encompasses all the charm similar to her War and Peace costume by Maria de Mattesis with its fitted bust and Juliette sleeves. 

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian | 2014 A.W.A.K.E Mode Lavender Halter Dress  Estimate:US$800-1,200Kim Kardashian | Tadashi Shoji Event Worn Dress
Estimate: US$800-1,200
Kim Kardashian | 2014 Paris Fashion Week, Chloe Blush Wool Overcoat Estimate: US$800-1,200



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Paris Hilton | “Paris” Album Cover Dress By Louis Verdad (With CD) 

Estimate US$8,000-10,000 | Auction Jan 18, 2024

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In the early 2000s, the Y2K celebrity style was back, and no one represented and wore it better than the one and only Paris Hilton. The heiress and “The Simple Life” star’s champagne evening dress with a seamed bustier top with midriff cut-outs between the bustier and skirt with a tulle ruffled petticoat by Mexican-American designer Louis Verdad worn on her self-titled 2006 debut album has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist, with artist Banksy altering the album cover image to expose Paris Hilton’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. 

Lady Gaga | 2018 Ingorkva White Patent Leather Trench Coat

Estimate:US$4,000-5,000

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Nicole Kidman | “Stepford Wives” White Iridescent Sequin Gown Costume Design By Ann Roth (With DVD)

Estimate: US$1,000-2,000

Chanel | 2001 Chanel Identification Ski Suit

Estimate: US$1,500-2,000

Elizabeth Taylor 

Elizabeth Taylor | Karl Lagerfeld For Tiziani “Boom!” Jumpsuit  Estimate:US$4,000-6,000Elizabeth Taylor | Thea Porter Black Matte Jersey Gown Estimate: US$1,000-2,000Elizabeth Taylor |1951 “A Place In The Sun” Era Blouse Estimate: US$1,000-2,000



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Whitney Houston | Burberry London Gold Trench 2008 Stage Worn

Estimate US$4,00-5,000 | Auction Jan 18, 2024

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A performance-worn piece from one of the best-selling music artists of all time, “The Voice” Whitney Houston, takes the stage again with a Burberry London cotton trench coat with metallic gold coating worn in her performance at the Mawazine Music Festival in Morocco in 2008 and at a Caudwell Children’s Charity Meet & Greet.  Key design details include a wide pointed collar, epaulets, and top-stitching detail.

 “Julien’s is offering a front-row seat to the ultimate fashion auction of some of the most beautiful and trendsetting designs of the decades that were worn by the most influential icons of the 20th and 21st centuries who captivated the world with their unstoppable style,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Julien’s Auctions. “This collection of rare and highly collectible garments worn by the likes of Hollywood legends Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor to the Royals, Princess Grace of Monaco and Princess Diana to contemporary style icons Sarah Jessica Parker to Kim Kardashian have served as muses to the most legendary fashion designers who created their signature looks that inspired millions and countless trends.”

JULIEN’S AUCTIONS 

Unstoppable: Signature Styles of Iconic Women in Fashion

Thursday, January 18th, 2024

7:00 P.M. Pacific Time

Registering to Bid
Registration is required to bid in this online auction and can be done in person at the exhibition, or online before the sale at the JuliensAuctions.com Registration page to bid by phone, proxy or in person, or online at JuliensLive.com to bid live online, or by calling (310) 836-1818. For inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 310-836-1818.

Placing Bids
There are four ways to bid in Live Auctions:

  1. Bid with Julien’s Auctions online and live-in real time at JuliensLive.com.
  2. Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative.
  3. Bid in person in the room at our auction events
  4. Bid in advance by absentee bid. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien’s Auctions or online by visiting www.juliensauctions.com/register-to-bid.

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