Collected by Emmanuelle and Philippe Harros, the 160 pieces, jewellery and accessories which date from the 1930s – 2000s provide a wide overview of iconic designs by couturiers who have left their mark on the history of fashion. Hidden from the public eye for the last twenty years, these items will now be showcased at the Galerie Charpentier for a few days only.
Quidam de Revel needs no introduction in the world of fashion. The name is already known to cultivated fashion-lovers in search of a unique piece that is rich in history to lend new chic to their wardrobes. Emmanuelle and Philippe Harros, the couple behind the brand, have always worked with discretion. For twenty years now, they have sought out and preserved numerous works of iconic 20th century couture and accessories, carefully selecting each piece for its quality, originality and history.
Keen to give new momentum to their collection, Emmanuelle and Philippe Harros have now entrusted Sotheby’s with selling part of their collection. It features women’s fashion, jewellery and accessories by leading couturiers – of particular note Madame Grès, Elsa Schiaparelli, Hubert de Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, André Courrèges, Paco Rabanne, Azzedine Alaïa, Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto and Martin Margiela.
The pieces in this sale are united by their fine craftsmanship, embodying an artist or period,characterised by exquisite materials, sophisticated detail and shimmering colours. The sale allows Quidam de Revel to offer these clothes and accessories a new life and new owners,becoming the harbinger of a world where the refined meets the timeless.
The collector Emmanuelle Harros instilled the passion for luxury vintage clothing in husband Philippe Harros, who was an antiques dealer at the time. In 1999, they opened Quidam de Revel in Paris, a concept store which mingled design and fashion, before setting up in a discreetly-situated apartment to receive customers by appointment. The brand rapidly became a reference for fashion, film and advertising professionals on the lookout for rare pieces. The couple tirelessly scoured second-hand and antiques shops to build up their collection, travelling widely to maintain their independent and open-minded attitude.
Images: Opening Image: Sotheby’s / Art Digital Studio. Slider: THIERRY MUGLER, Robe longue fourreau en velours noir avec au dos un profond décolleté bénitier en satin rose orné de trois fleurs en soie de Lemarié, Automne-Hiver 1987-1988; GRÈS, Robe longue bustier en jersey de soie plissé de différentes teintes de rose, Vers 1975; GIVENCHY, Manteau en georgette de soie entièrement rebrodée d’un motif floral pointilliste en sequins multicolores par Jakob Schlaepfer (Saint-Gall), Printemps-Eté 1973;
For just a few days, Sotheby’s will showcase the Quidam de Revel fashion and haute couture collection—hidden from the public eye for the last 20 years—before the sale in Paris on 5 July 2018
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