On June 10, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers conducted the last of three Ebony Fashion Fair auctions with Johnson Publishing Company. This installment was named Treasures from the Ebony Fashion Fair Collection as the 567 garments offered were considered the “best of the best,” essential pieces from the Ebony collection making their debut at auction.
The first two auctions took place in 2011 and 2013. While both were successful, the demand on June 10 bore witness to the unique opportunity to shop some of the biggest names in fashion while owning a piece of Ebony Fashion Fair history. A sale of this stature from the iconic organization will not happen again.
Bringing over $470,000, the high-energy sale offered an exciting and highly successful close to the run of sales, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Johnson College Prep, a public, 4-year charter high school located in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s south side.
With a 100% sell-through rate, the collection impressed stylists, fashion bloggers and designers a like. Notable industry influencers flew to Chicago to participate live or were phone bidding throughout the course of the day. There was something for everyone, but a handful of garments brought competitive bidding that pushed looks to impressive heights.
Favorites from the day included a black velvet and marigold faille evening ensemble attributed to Yves Saint Laurent, which sold for $17,500. Another Yves Saint Laurent gown sold for $13,750, this one a couture black and sequin lace gown. Pierre Cardin shared the spotlight with a couture red sequin evening gown that sold for $6,000, and another red evening ensemble by Nina Ricci drew $5,250. The contemporary flare of Issey Miyake was well represented. A multicolor inflatable dress brought $4,375 and a similar skirt runway ensemble sold for $3,125.