Why 2018 was Sotheby's Most Fashionable Year Yet

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From auctions dedicated to couture and fashion photography to collaborations with stylists, designers and editors, every month of 2018 marked an exciting moment in the worlds of fashion and art at Sotheby's. Roksanda Ilincic, Victoria Beckham and Pat McGrath were just a few of the contemporary names with whom Sotheby's aligned, while icons of style like Pierre Bergé – and even la reine de la mode herself, Marie Antoinette – brought an enduring sense of beauty, rarity and history to our auction year. Click ahead to revisit 2018's most memorable trendsetting and trailblazing collaborators. –Stephanie Sporn

Why 2018 was Sotheby's Most Fashionable Year Yet

  • Vintage Fashion and Jewels with Stacy London
    One of Frank's Files most exciting 2018 guests was style authority Stacy London. First in April then in October , the What Not to Wear host expertly illustrated how to style jewels by Seaman Schepps, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Van Cleef and Arpels and more. In her second video , London invited us into her chic Brooklyn home where she paired Sotheby’s jewels with vintage ensembles straight from her unsurprisingly drool-worthy closet.
  • Marie Antoinette, Original Queen of Fashion
    Marking Sotheby's oldest fashionable moment on our list is the auction of jewels from the original queen of fashion, Marie Antoinette . This November in Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family, a selection of pieces owned by the French queen led to jaw-dropping results . Not only was the sale 100% sold, but ten pieces from the queen's collection reached a total of CHF43.1 million ($42.7 million) against a pre-sale estimate of CHF1.6–2.9 million ($1.6–2.9 million). Marie Antoinette’s 18th century pearl and diamond pendant sold for CHF36,427,000, a record for a natural pearl at auction.
  • Pat McGrath and the Photographs that Inspire Her
    It's been quite a year for beauty visionary Pat McGrath . While continuing to build her $1-billion company, the celebrity makeup artist and entrepreneur found the time to collaborate with Sotheby's Photographs auction in April. In an illuminating interview , McGrath shared her passion for subcultures and her unexpected sources of inspiration, as well as her memories working with Irving Penn, Steven Meisel and more giants of fashion photography. She also created a special video , which she shared on her undeniably cool Instagram, combining her favorite works from Sotheby's sale with her penchant for sparkle and mysterious allure.
  • Roksanda Ilincic for Contemporary Curated
    One of London's foremost luxury designers, Roksanda Ilincic was the guest curator for Sotheby's Contemporary Curated auction in November. Her brand ROKSANDA's colorful, graphic designs – beloved by Michelle Obama, the Duchess of Sussex, Jessica Chastain and more – complemented her picks from the sale, which included works by Imi Knoebel, Rob Pruitt and Amy Sillman.
  • Quidam de Revel Collection
    This summer Sotheby's Paris unveiled the Quidam de Revel collection dedicated to fashion and haute couture. Collected by Emmanuelle and Philippe Harros, the 160 pieces of fashion, jewelry and accessories provided a wide overview of iconic designs by designers ranging from Elsa Schiaparelli and Madame Grès to Paco Rabanne and Martin Margiela.
  • Pierre Bergé in Paris
    This October, Pierre Bergé's collection drew 5,000 visitors to the pre-sale exhibition in Paris, before breaking auction records . On offer was property from each of Bergé's four homes : ‘La Datcha’ in Normandy, ‘Mas Theo’ in Provence, ‘Villa Mabrouka’ in Morocco and an apartment on rue Bonaparte in Paris. 100% sold, the remarkable sale series achieved nearly four times its high estimate. Proceeds from the sale, organized in association with Pierre Bergé & Associés, benefited the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent and the Fondation Jardin Majorelle.
  • Dover Street Market and Sotheby's Jewels
    Showcasing period jewelry through a fresh lens, Dover Street Market is the most recent of Sotheby's fashion collaborators. This December the renowned concept store curated an edit of the Fine Jewels auction in London at their flagship. Surreal collage artist Sammy Slabbinck also contributed to this collaboration by creating bespoke artwork inspired by Sotheby's jewels. Her work was installed at both Dover Street Market and Sotheby's New Bond Street.
  • Leland Hirsch's Fabulous Fashion Photography Collection
    Celebrity haircolor authority Leland Hirsch was born into the beauty industry and spent his life immersed in the world of fashion photography. This April his collection of instantly recognizable photographs by Horst, Avedon, Penn and more was offered at Sotheby's. Ahead of the sale, he spoke to Sotheby's about how collecting has expanded his own definition of beauty.
  • Victoria Beckham and Old Master Paintings
    During July Victoria Beckham partnered with Sotheby's Old Master Paintings auction. Her London flagship store played host to exceptional paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens and the Circle of Leonardo da Vinci, which were displayed alongside her pre-Autumn 2018 collection, as part of Mayfair Art Weekend. Victoria and David Beckham also hosted an exclusive dinner in Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries to mark this collaboration. This January, Beckham will be collaborating with Sotheby's Old Master Paintings again but in New York.
  • Luxe Offerings from Hermès
    This Autumn Sotheby's had an online sale dedicated to Hermès handbags and accessories . Exceptional examples of some of the house's most iconic designs, from the Kelly and Birkin bags to their printed silk scarves and Clic Clac bracelets, were on offer. The auction was a resounding success, with many bags selling for over €30,000. The top lot was the matte Niloticus crocodile and palladium hardware, Himalaya Birkin 30 , which achieved €87,500.
  • Josephine de La Baume for Paris Jewels
    For the Joaillerie Paris sale in October, Sotheby's worked with actress, model and singer Josephine de La Baume , who did a photo shoot with her favorite pieces from the auction, which included jewels from the collection of celebrated French ballet dancer Zizi Jeanmaire. Later that month, de La Baume performed at Sotheby's Paris with her band Film Noir.
  • Kelly Wearstler on Gold Art and Interiors
    This May Sotheby's European Art auction featured four strikingly modern paintings representing the four seasons by William Bouguereau . Inspired by these gold-ground canvases, globetrotting style and design mogul Kelly Wearstler created vignette collages featuring the art and pieces from her eponymous brand. She also spoke to Sotheby’s about incorporating gold into interiors and how art instantly elevates a space.
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    Dior and His Decorators New York Launch
    French furniture connoisseur Maureen Footer released her latest book, Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, George Geoffroy, and the New Look, this autumn. She held a book launch at Sotheby's New York, where she spoke on a fashion and design panel and later hosted a reception and signing. Prior to the launch, Footer shared her wisdom on the famed French designer and his decorators in an interview with Sotheby's. Footer also lent her eye for style to Sotheby's auction of the Kathleen and Martin Field collection by picking her favorite pieces from their opulent home, which can be likened to Versailles in Philadelphia.
  • Pierre Cardin's Sculptures Utilitaires
    2018 kicked off fashionably with an exhibition in Paris dedicated to Pierre Cardin’s utilitarian sculpture from 1970–1975. Much like his revolutionary and iconic fashion designs, his furniture is bold, colorful and emphasizes the concept of 'line.' This exhibition perfectly illustrated how a fashionable eye lends itself to a variety of mediums.
  • Sir Paul Smith in London
    This Autumn British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith welcomed us to his Covent Garden office where he shared paintings, photographs, bicycles and ephemera collected from all around the globe. In A Life Less Ordinary video, presented by Hennessy Paradis Impérial , Smith explains how his love of art developed and how it inspires his designs.
  • Frank's Files with Rickie De Sole
    Another glamorous Frank's Files guest was W Magazine Fashion Director Rickie De Sole . Everett and De Sole discussed recent runway trends and all the remarkable finds in Sotheby's April Magnificent Jewels auction in New York.
  • Design with Delphine and Reed Krakoff
    This May Sotheby's offered another art and design collection from a fashionable duo: Delphine and Reed Krakoff . Collected over nearly two decades, their pieces reflected their impeccable eyes for style and multiple homes. At $735,000, their black Lalanne sheep set a record for a single “Mouton de Laine.”
  • Jonathan Anderson for Anthea Hamilton's Tate Britain Commission
    The 2018 recipient of the prestigious Tate Britain Commission, which is supported by Sotheby's, had a fashionable connection. Anthea Hamilton , this year's winner, transformed the museum’s Duveen Galleries into an immersive installation called The Squash, which was inspired by a photograph of a man dressed as a vegetable. Participants interacted with sculpture from Tate Britain's collection, as well as people dressed in elaborate costumes designed by Jonathan Anderson, who runs his eponymous label and is creative director of fashion house Loewe.
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