A World of Fashion: Property from the Archives of Doris Raymond Limited Edition Catalogue
A World of Fashion: Property from the Archives of Doris Raymond Limited Edition Catalogue


An exclusive auction presentation featuring over 400 lots from the world renowned The Way We Wore® vintage boutique that includes over a century of European, Japanese, and American garments and accessories amassed by fashion retailer and historian Doris Raymond. Raymond’s legendary career of collecting, archiving and inspiring fashion, as well as providing important vintage pieces to museums, films, stylists and celebrities around the world will be well represented in this event launching Julien’s new auction category specializing in luxury fashion.

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Highlights from Doris Raymond’s collection include…
  • Christian Francis Roth’s 1990-1991 “Crayola” dress.
  • An Atelier Versace catsuit with a whimsical Marc Chagall inspired motif with generously beaded Swarovski crystals and multicolor seed beading on black tulle from the wardrobe of Whitney Houston.
  • A rare Issey Miyake 1999 A-POC (A Piece of Cloth) “Alien” dress paired with the 2001 book A POC MAKING by Miyake and Dai Fujiwara.
  • A 1930s Chanel black souffle silk evening dress with side draping and flowing sash.
  • A silk Mariano Fortuny stenciled velvet coat.
  • Maison Martin Margiela 1999 reissue “Stockman” mannequin jacket.
  • Zac Posen’s Pianist Mini-Dress worn by Natalie Portman on the red carpet.
  • Azzedine Alaia 1986 black leather “zipper” dress included in numerous exhibitions around the world, including the London Design Museum’s 2018 “Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier,” the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The FIT Museum, among others.
  • A Jean-Charles de Castelbajac 1983-84 “Jackie Kennedy” Tribute tunic.
  • A 1968 Paco Rabanne metal link mini dress.
  • A Campbell’s souper dress boldly printed with Andy Warhol’s iconic 1962 image of Campbell soup labels.
  • An Yves Saint Laurent for Dior couture 1959 black taffeta cocktail dress worn by Kerry Washington on the cover of the 2005 Vanity Fair special Hollywood issue.
  • A rare Claire McCardell 1940s tartan one-piece bubble playsuit from the collection of Gernreich’s first model, Jimmy Mitchell.
  • A late 1940s-early 1950s Christian Dior “New Look” couture brown Herringbone wool tweed suit.
  • A rare and important 1926 Fall/Winter Jeanne Lanvin embroidered black silk taffeta couture robe de style evening dress from the personal collection of American film costume designer Patricia Norris.
  • A cloche and scarf by French artist, Sonia Delaunay authenticated by Jean-Louis Delaunay.
  • A rare 1923 Gabrielle Chanel Kitmer embroidered light brown wool coat likely from Chanel’s Autumn/Winter 1922 Russian collection.
A New York native, who early on worked as a disc jockey in San Juan, Puerto Rico and later as a door-todoor encyclopedia salesperson throughout the west, Raymond began her career in vintage fashion in the 1970s treasure hunting at flea markets and antique shops for cool clothes and selling her finds at the Marin City flea Market before opening The Way We Wore boutique on Union Street in 1981. After relocating to Fillmore Street in 1986, her collection and research of vintage fashion and accessories grew and began to attract fashion aficionados and costume and clothing designers from far and wide. She eventually moved her business and vast collection to a warehouse which then expanded to include film and television clients. In 2004, she moved to Los Angeles and relocated The Way We Wore to its now famed address of 334 La Brea Avenue in the heart of Hollywood.

The store was an instant success. The fashion industry’s top echelon of creative directors, design teams, wardrobe stylists, and fashion editors all made their way to the boutique for Raymond’s famous fashion eye and immense knowledge of fashion history. With her highly curated collection containing items dating as far back as the 18th century, she estimates the archives to hold over half a million pieces of inspirational material. Raymond’s archive of textiles, trims, and embroideries supply the world’s renowned ateliers and emerging designers with the conceptual foundations for their collections. Some of the fashion icons and brands she has inspired and worked with include: Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Gucci, Michael Kors, Margiela, Valentino, Armani, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Balmain as well as acclaimed Hollywood costume designers Arianne Phillips, Sandy Powell, Coleen Atwood, Mark Bridges and more.

“Doris Raymond is the spark that has ignited the imagination and designs of many runway collections, costume designs and major fashion labels across the universe,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “Her four-decade career in collecting, researching and archiving fashion has made an undeniable impact on the way vintage has been valued and preserved in haute couture, the arts and culture. This auction is a once-in-a-lifetime fashion spree that will delight vintage fashion enthusiasts to high end fashion collectors as each show stopping piece Doris has curated here will be offered at every price point level.”

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