This article originally appeared on Vogue.com.
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. The sales are buzzy events in which serious collectors vie for museum-quality pieces by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet. And it’s at these sales that many auction records are set. 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), these events and the beautiful catalogs produced for them are incredibly inspiring – and not just for art history majors. 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.