Back to Press Tuesday November 4, 2014

Style icons Karen Elson and Liz Goldwyn curate Vintage Vanguard, a Paddle8 auction that presents art, fashion, jewelry, and design in dialogue, to benefit Dress for Success ®

Highlights include vintage dresses reworked by today’s most inspiring designers paired with art and design by coveted artists including Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Tony Duquette, Damien Hirst & Nan Goldin

Paddle8 is honored to present Vintage Vanguard, an auction combining fashion, jewelry, art and design, curated by vintage fashion collectors Karen Elson and Liz Goldwyn to benefit Dress for Success, which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and the career development tools to help women thrive. This unique sale features vintage garments from Elson and Goldwyn's personal archives that have been reworked by contemporary designers and set against curated selections of art and design that reflect and respond to iconic cultural moments. Bidding is available on Paddle8 from November 3 to 14.

The concept for Vintage Vanguard is inspired by the way that Goldwyn, an author and filmmaker who was a founding member of Sotheby's New York Fashion Department, and Elson, a model and singer who formerly owned a vintage clothing store, view their shared passion of vintage fashion: a dialogue that revolves around the cultural context of each piece, informed by music, art, design, literature, and history. For this auction, Elson and Goldwyn explored nine iconic cultural moments, rooted in a time and place—from Paris Art Deco to U.K. Anarchy—to create vignettes that illuminate the interaction of art and fashion, as well as the enduring legacy of these eras.

Each of the nine vignettes presents a 360-degree view into a lifestyle and moment in time through works that embody each iconic period. Cultural eras and the art, design, fashion, and jewelry featured in each vignette include:

Capri Jet Set: Beach and poolside photographs by Slim Aarons and Christian Chaize, coral and diamond earrings by Tony Duquette, dishes by legendary society interior designer William “Billy” Haines, an encrusted palm tree brooch with diamonds and emeralds, a floral embroidered tunic and summer boy shorts reworked by Tory Burch, and a tie-dye column dress reworked by Gregory Parkinson.

New York Pop: Andy Warhol’s portrait of Mick Jagger, a Will Cotton painting, a Bird chair by Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm, a caftan and shawl set originally designed by Rudi Gernreich and reworked by Narciso Rodriguez, and a reworked shorts and bra set by Jeremy Scott.

Gen-X: Prints by Elizabeth Peyton, Cecily Brown, Nate Lowman, and Richard Prince, a nightlife photograph by Nan Goldin, a reworked crepe dress by Olivier Theyskens embellished with crystals and ostrich feathers, and a bronze by Jen Praet.

Hollywood Noir: A Russell Young lithograph of Elizabeth Taylor, a Van Cleef and Arpels gold compact, a reworked Jason Wu black silk and lace slip dress, an Art Deco rock crystal pin, and a Greg Holt panther sculpture.

Youthquake: A Takashi Murakami flower print, Richard Avedon’s technicolor Beatles poster, a William Claxton photograph of Peggy Moffit, an embroidered, clinched-waist mini-dress reworked by Suno, an Italian mid-century modern glazed ceramic and metal wall clock, and a chair by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Zanotta.

The Venetian Grand Tour: A Chantilly lace floral dress reworked by Anna Sui, a Gorham oil lamp, a pair of sapphire and diamond clip earrings by Boucheron, a Tiffany table box, and a set of Edward Wormley for Dunbar chairs.

20th-Century Fox: A Marilyn Minter photograph, prints by Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol, an Otto Natzler bowl, a mid-century dropside dining room table, a retro Citrine, ruby, and diamond ring, and a vintage dress with beaded and crystal embellishments reworked by Libertine.

Paris Art Deco: A vintage ivory washed charmeuse slip dress with original lace accents reworked by Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, a Tiffany “T” cuff in white ceramic and yellow gold, an Art Deco onyx and diamond bar pin, vintage rolled cone earrings with diamond accents reworked by Jennifer Meyer, and an iconic Man Ray photograph.

U.K. Anarchy: Skull prints by Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Damien Hirst, a vintage double strand rose-gold-plated necklace reworked by Eddie Borgo, a Nymphenburg porcelain “memento mori” skull, and a table by Jens Praet.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of the vintage clothing and jewelry reworked by contemporary designers—including Jason Wu, Tory Burch, Suno, Eddie Borgo, Anna Sui, Libertine, Jeremy Scott, Gregory Parkinson, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Olivier Theyskens, Narciso Rodriguez, and Jennifer Meyer—will benefit Dress for Success, as will the sale of a new cuff donated by Tiffany & Co. and not available to the public until next month. Eight percent of proceeds from the sale of art, design, and all other jewelry in the auction will benefit Dress for Success.

As Paddle8’s first auction to feature jewelry and fashion, Vintage Vanguard represents Paddle8’s expansion into collecting categories beyond contemporary art and design, as well as the dialogue between different collecting areas. In 2015 Paddle8 will present its first auctions dedicated exclusively to jewelry and fashion.

About Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 135 cities in 17 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 775,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit to learn more.

About Paddle8
Paddle8 is the auction house for the 21st-century collector. We have created a destination for a global community of collectors by offering authenticated inventory—from art and design to jewelry and collectibles—through curated online auctions, as well as benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profit organizations. Using innovative technology, we’ve streamlined the collecting experience, combining the excitement and expertise of an auction house with efficient operational solutions and an international perspective. Founded in 2011 by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur, Paddle8 has over 50 employees worldwide, with teams in New York, L.A., and London. Paddle8 is funded by the investors behind Uber, Vimeo, Buzzfeed, Paperless Post, Warby Parker, and Bonobos, among others, as well as art-world insiders including artist Damien Hirst, art dealer Jay Jopling, and Matthew Mellon.

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