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Vogue Finds Fashion Inspiration Among the Lots in Sotheby’s Upcoming Impressionist and Modern Sale

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May isn’t only big for fashion. You’re probably aware by now that the first Monday of the month is when the stars fete the Met at the party of the year. But it’s also around this time that the auction houses conduct their sales of Impressionist and Modern art. Even if you don’t have $66.3 million to spare (the astronomical figure Vincent van Gogh’s vibrant L’Allée des Alyscamps fetched at Sotheby’s in 2015), there’s plenty for those with an eye for fashion to enjoy in Sotheby’s upcoming Impressionist and modern sale next week. Take, for example, Pablo Picasso’s Chanteuse of 1901; how modern she looks in her corseted pastel gown (and how very Gucci). Notice also how Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captures the dancer Jane Avril in puffed sleeves not unlike those seen recently at Prada. And what a bargain the Roksanda dress will be compared to the $9 million to $12 million estimate for the Claude Monet it echoes. Here, for fun, we pair lots from Sotheby’s upcoming sales with contemporary fashions.

—Laird Borrelli-Persson

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening
9 May | New York

Impressionist & Modern Art Day
10 May | New York