Thursday, June 3, 2010
TWO dresses taken from the Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2007 ready-to-wear collection, are to be sold at Bonhams, Knightsbridge at the end of the month.
The auction is to include a heavily embellished, gold, floor length dress, recently worn by Holly Valance at this year's Brit Awards days after McQueen's death. It was originally decribed by Vogue.com as "Queen of the night" and is currently estimated to be sold between £12,000 - £18,000. The second piece comprises a cream gown with a peacock feather bustier. The dress is estimated at £10,000 - £14,000.
The collection was famously inspired by a distant relative of McQueen - Elizabeth How, who was convicted of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. McQueen shocked his audience by sending his models down, not a catwalk, but an Ouija board whilst a down-facing screen projected images of crawling cockroaches and burning witches.
The auction is set to take place at 1pm Wednesday June 30 at Bonhams, Montpelier St, Knightbridge, London.