Selling to film

1920s coat with the white rabbit fur collar removed

1920s coat with the white rabbit fur collar removed

I began selling on eBay in 1998 – mostly vintage clothing I already had well represented in the collection and other small collectables (article here). I did sell a few things I now regret, but most of the garments and accessories I parted with went to a better home where they would be better appreciated than if they had been left to languish at the bottom of a box in my collection, never to see the light of day.

Blue rose print rayon top, c. mid 1960s

Blue rose print rayon top, c. mid 1960s

There were a few dealers I sold to often like Cameron Silver of Decades in LA, and Deborah Burke of Antique Dress in Boston, as well as famous collectors, curators, and even celebrities such as Hamish Bowles and Sharon Stone. I also sold several pieces to costumers and set dressers, especially at Sex and the City and Mad Men. However, the only two pieces I ever noticed on film again (other than a chenille bedspread but couldn’t find an image of online) were a 1920s coat worn by Sarah Jessica Parker (the coat had a rabbit fur collar, which had been removed); and a blue rose print blouse from the mid 1960s worn by January Jones in Mad Men.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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