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You Paid How Much? Valuable Vintage by Elizabeth Mason of The Paper Bag Princess

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You Paid How Much?
Let The Paper Bag Princess Tell You the Insider’s
Guide to Pricing and Collecting Important Vintage Fashions!

{mosimage}Collecting vintage couture and designer-made clothing is the strongest, most rapidly growing trend in antiques and in contemporary fashion. Determining the value of a vintage garment is as vital as getting the facts on a particular stock prior to investment. Elizabeth Mason, owner of The Paper Bag Princess in Los Angeles a favorite shopping haunt for Hollywood’s hottest celebrities, such as Madonna, Nicole Kidman, and Rene Zellweger has shared her expertise of couture collecting in Valuable Vintage (Three Rivers Press, April 2002), a complete sourcebook to the exciting and extravagant world of collecting twentieth and twenty-first century fashion from haute couture to current trends.
This quintessential guidebook shows avid collectors and fashion mavens alike the varieties and possibilities of vintage fashion. Valuable Vintage examines current trends in vintage couture clothing and forecasts the future of this emerging market. In addition, this guide provides more than 500 of the most influential and collectible designers from 1860 to the present, including recognizable names like Coco Chanel and Emilio Pucci, as well as newer favorites like Rei Kawakubo and Vivienne Westwood.
Collectors will also learn:
  • How to identify important vintage clothing and specific designs at a glance
  • The best sources for buying and selling vintage clothing worldwide, including boutiques, major auction houses, flea markets, and the Internet
  • Advice on when to buy and sell valuable pieces
  • The current prices of important designer vintage clothing based on actual realized prices at auction and important vintage couture boutiques throughout North America and Europe
  • Techniques of “persuasive bartering” the art of getting a deal; and how to research the provenance of the garment
  • Proven ways to clean, restore, preserve, and even redesign vintage garments
If vintage couture collecting has become the new religion among the fashionistas, then Valuable Vintage is the new bible!

{mosimage}Elizabeth Mason is the owner of The Paper Bag Princess, a noted vintage clothing boutique in Los Angeles. She has made national television appearances on the Oprah Show, Access Hollywood, the Style Network, and CNN, has been featured in several major magazines, and is the author of The Rag Street Journal. In addition, she conducts regular vintage clothing auctions for eBay and has staged fashion shows and exhibitions for Sotheby’s. She lives in Los Angeles, California


The Insider’s Guide to Pricing
and Collecting Important Vintage Fashions
By Elizabeth Mason
Three Rivers Press
Publication Date: April 30, 2002
Pages: 368
Price: $ 18.95
ISBN: 0-609-80703-X


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