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Didier Ludot Holds Famous Dresses Signed By the World's Top Designers

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Updated: 23 September 2017

Didier Ludot’s prized personal collection of more than 140 famous chic black dresses – signed by the world’s top designers from 1921 to 2010 – goes up for auction this October in Paris.

Didier Ludot’s epic fashion collection includes unique originals from the likes of Chanel to Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent to Yohji Yamamoto, Pierre Balmain to Balenciaga, with some Jean Patou and Alexander McQueen thrown in too. The pieces span almost a century of chic fashion with an estimated worth of €500 to €5,000 each, making this one of the most incredible personal collections to date.

“The little black dress is more than just fabric”, Didier Ludot explained, as reported in Culturebox France TV Info. “It is the symbol of Parisian chic itself, representing absolute refinement, a sensual choice of clothing that women have slid into for generations.” Ludot’s prestigious boutique in the arcades of Paris’ Palais Royal has been enchanting sophisticated fashionistas for decades.

One gem of the collection is a sleek Givenchy ‘duchess satin’ dress from the Autumn/Winter collection of 1956 – 1957, estimated to be worth between €1,800 and €2,500. Just as gorgeous is the slinky silk cocktail dress by Christian Dior, its haute couture signed by none other than Yves Saint Laurent for the Autumn/Winter collection of 1960 – 1961. This timeless garment is valued between €1,200 and €1,500.

The crowning glory though springs from the celebrity attachment to these clothes, with a silk mousseline Chanel number glamorised for eternity by actress Delphine Seyrig in the New Wave film ‘L’annee derniere a Marienbad’ by Alain Resnais in 1961. It is estimated between €2,500 and €3,000.

The historic sale will take place on October 3, 2017 in Paris with Sotheby’s, in association with Kerry Taylor Auctions. As well as dresses, there are also a dozen pairs of Roger Vivier heels and fur items up for grabs.