At 14, Liz Goldwyn bought her first vintage designer piece, a long cream satin skirt by French boutique Courrèges, at a steal for less than S$30. More than 30 years later, the rare find is now going for a cool S$540 on luxury resale site Vestiaire Collective.
The Hollywood heiress’s sharp intuition for pre-owned luxury items has led to a treasure trove of exceptional and uncommon fashion items dating back to the 1860s. For the first time, vintage fashionistas will be able to take a gander through her collection — 300 pieces of dresses, shoes and accessories — on Vestiaire Collective.
Her discerning taste, stemming from her previous background as a Sotheby’s consultant and curator, provided her with an eye for rare and authentic finds at thrift shops. But it was her close relationships with designers, such as Nicolas Ghesquière (who also made Goldwyn’s wedding dress), that provided her with the chance to dig around for exclusive pieces in important collections. Among these include a white silk dress by Ghesquière for Balenciaga, a 10th-anniversary Pony Hair City bag and iconic Tabi block heel shoes from Maison Martin Margiela.
Up for sale are items not worn for more than a decade, or bought for special occasions. As such, many of these pieces hold dear memories for Goldwyn as well, such as a pink silk Gianni Versace dress she wore to the premiere of her documentary Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque. Also for sale is an extravagant coat and gown ensemble with gold floral embroidery from Mr Blackwell which she wore on a night out with former model Peggy Moffitt.
Goldwyn’s collection truly is a goldmine for vintage lovers to dig around for hard-to-find pieces. But it is also created for a good cause. 10% of profits from the sale of her pieces will be donated to Dress for Success, an international non-profit organisation Goldwyn has supported since the late 1990s.
“What I always loved about vintage clothes is that you let the woman who wore them before you live on in some way, and in this case, it’s for an incredibly worthy cause,” Goldwyn said. “This sale with Vestiaire Collective is a continuation of my desire to support a community of women uplifting women. Something as simple as a piece of clothing can have the power to boost a woman’s confidence and empower her self-image.”
The Liz Goldwyn Archive Sale is now available at vestiairecollective.com. Enjoy free shipping with promo code VCXLSA.