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Closet Analysis


JEAN PAUL GAULTIER JERSEY BLAZER
Year: 1991
Paid: $700
Value: $700
Watson: “It’s a label that holds its own very well. Gaultier has proven himself time and again. He wasn’t just a moment.”


PUCCI CHEMISE
Year: Early to mid-sixties
Paid: Inherited from mother
Value: $200
Watson: “These color waves are amazing. They’re very strong and unusual. It’s a real Capri statement.”


COURRÈGES ANKLE BOOTS
Year: Mid-sixties
Paid: $50
Value: $900
Watson: “They’re original, hard-to-find, and in good condition. And they’re an important shoe: Courrèges was the originator of this style.”


VENETIAN MASK
Year:2001
Paid:$150
Value: $150–$200
Watson: “This has no provenance, so it’s hard to value. And it’s made of rhinestones.”


PUCCI SILK JERSEY GOWN
Year:Late sixties
Paid: $30
Value: $500
Watson: “You’ll pay $600 for this at retail. I can’t get that much at auction for this kind of Pucci. I need couture, velvets, beads.”


GOLD-COIN PENDANT
Year: 1912
Paid: Inherited from mother
Value: $150
Watson: “This is from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Archduke Franz Joseph is on it, and that adds to the value.”


DIANE VON FURSTENBERG WRAP DRESS
Year: Early seventies
Paid: $250
Value: $300
Watson: “These were mass-produced, so they don’t appreciate. And it’s been altered, which brings down the price.”


CHANTAL THOMASS STRETCH BOOTS
Year: Early nineties
Paid:$500
Value:$200
Watson: “I want a pair right now! These will never go out of fashion. They are a real Chelsea-boy boot.”


FENDI SATIN GOWN
Year:Fall 2005
Paid: Gift
Value: $200–$300
Watson: “Fendi has label recognition, it’s quality material, and it has an iconic touch with the leather plait.”


OTTOMAN EMPIRE SERBIAN VEST
Year: Late nineteenth century
Paid: Inherited from mother
Value: $500
Watson: “Part of the national costume and very rare. This is in great condition.”


JEAN PAUL GAULTIER CORSET BLAZER
Year: Mid-eighties
Paid: Inherited from mother
Value: $900–$1,200
Watson: “Holy cow, you got that from your mother? It’s a great, standout item to have in your wardrobe.”


PACO RABANNE KIT DRESS
Year:Mid-eighties
Paid: $120
Value:$700
Watson: “These have fetched that much at auction. An original from the sixties would be $2,000 to $3,000.”


UNGARO LEATHER BOMBER JACKET
Year:Seventies
Paid:$20
Value:$400
Watson: “Fabulous! It’s leather, so there’s inherent value, and it’s a great label. Sandra got a good deal.”


COURRÈGES NAVY KNIT VEST
Year:Mid-seventies
Paid: Inherited from mother
Value:$75
Watson: “It’s not iconic Courrèges, and it’s a knit.”


ROMEO GIGLI MOIRÉ BUSTIER AND PLEATED TROUSER
Year:Mid-eighties
Paid:Inherited from mother
Value:$300
Watson: “This is a high period for Gigli, and he’s very undervalued.”


MISSONI KNIT BAG
Year: 2001
Paid: $300
Value:$150
Watson: “It’s contemporary, it’s simple. Not much time went into conceiving or manufacturing this bag.”


TODD OLDHAM “BARBED WIRE” SHOES
Year:Spring 1998
Paid:“On permanent loan”
Value: $500
Watson: “These should be in a museum—in fact, they are in FIT. The iconic imagery and metaphor is fantastic.”


PUCCI HANDBAG
Year: Late sixties
Paid:$30
Value: $400
Watson: “This price is proven at auction. The demand for sixties Pucci is not stopping.”


CHANEL RESIN CROSS
Year: Unknown
Paid:$50
Value: $200
Watson: “This looks like junk—there’s no heft to it. I can’t tell if it’s real Chanel; the value assumes that it is.”


GO-GO BOOTS
Year: Mid-sixties
Paid: Gift
Value: $200
Watson: “It’s a timely style, and it’s very rare to find these in good condition. These are like Biba!”


TAN SUEDE MAXI COAT
Year: Early seventies
Paid: $40
Value: $300
Watson: “The fabric is suede, and it’s in good condition, so there’s an inherent quality. And it’s classic maxi. That sixties style is about to come back.”


YVES SAINT LAURENT SUEDE BELT
Year: 1977
Paid: Inherited from mother
Value: $100
Watson: “A classic. You know it’s YSL right away from the Russian-peasant look. Those colors are particularly his.”


PACO RABANNE LEATHER SHEATH
Year: 2000
Paid: Unknown
Value: $300
Watson: “It’s not the sixties Paco that shattered fashion. This is part of the rebranding.”


TORY BURCH TUNIC AND HIPSTER FLAIRS
Year: Fall 2005
Paid: $400
Value: $200
Watson: “A collector’s market hasn’t developed yet for Tory. But a lot of people who collect vintage and couture enjoy what she does.”


QUILTED JUMPSUIT
Year: Unknown
Paid: $20
Value: $75
Watson: “Jumpsuits are about to come back.”


FENDI BAG
Year: Fall 2004
Paid: Gift
Value: $400
Watson: “It has expensive materials—fur and leather.”


PACO RABANNE LEATHER TUNIC
Year: 2000
Paid: Unknown
Value: $300–$400
Watson: “This is a forever-and-a-day piece. It has heft, and metallic is so in right now.”


PRADA PONYSKIN SHOES
Year: Mid-nineties
Paid: $400
Value: $300
Watson: “These are from Prada’s futuristic moment—this is considered a great period.”


TULEH JUMPSUIT
Year: Spring 2005
Paid: Specially made for Sandra
Value: $100
Watson: “The brand and the piece itself are so new that it hasn’t had time to add value.”

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