The Tasha Tudor Collection on Whitaker Auctions
Sheer Cotton Dress, circa 1830
Her collection spanned all of the 19th century, especially the rare and wonderful fashions between 1830 and 1850. She collected not just gowns, but shoes, hats, undergarments, men’s clothes, children’s dresses, and more! The collection was put up for auction by the Charles A. Whitaker Auction Company in 2007, a year before the beloved author died. It’s truly a beautiful archive of all fashion types during the 1800s!
Here are some of my favorite pieces:
Printed & Voided Velvet Gown, circa 1850-1860
(UPDATE: This dress is actually just a short drive from my house now! it was purchased by the Texas Civil War Museum for the Judy Richey Dress Collection)
Bonnet, circa 1860-1870
Green Changeant Silk Dress, circa 1840
Man’s Cotton Banyan Coat, circa 1830
(This coat probably began it’s life in the mid-to-late 18th century and was refashioned later to suit new tastes in fit)
Mauveine Child’s Dress, circa 1850
Fritilaria Printed Wool Dress, circa 1830-1840
Deconstructed Plaid Silk Dress, circa 1860
Lady’s Chameleon Shoes, circa 1830-1850
(This style of slipper is called “Chameleon” because, like the color-changing lizard, they often had a removable fabric backing under the punched design that could be changed to could be to match any gown)
Pink Silk Brocade Dress & Petticoat, circa 1770 (redone 1780s)
Unusual Sheer Evening Dress, circa 1800-1820
Apron Front Gown, circa 1820
American Military Academy Uniform, circa 1860
Kashmiri Embroidered Cloak, circa 1800-1820
These are just a tiny sample of all the wonderful fashions! To view the entire 400+ piece auction archive, click here or on the picture below. There are beautiful changeable silk gowns, mauveine dresses, velvet Spencer jackets, and lovely examples of lady’s unmentionables to study!
Click the Image above to visit the auction catalogue. Enjoy!
Tasha Tudor, August 28, 1915 – June 18, 2008
Thank you, Ms. Tudor, for your wonderful collections, work, and life. You have touched many lives with your books and your spirit lives on through them. Thank you.