A fashionista was amazed to learn the true value of the Dior dress bequeathed to her by her late grandmother, with the vintage dress being worth a staggering £35,000
A fashionista was amazed to learn a dress she inherited from her late grandmother many years ago was worth a whopping £35,000.
Super stylish Adeline Vining, 36, says she’s had the velvet Dior ball gown for 25 years and has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear it.
Before it was passed on to her, it sat unworn and gathering dust in a suitcase in her grandfather’s attic for four decades.
Adeline, who lives in London, didn’t get a chance to meet her glamorous granny in person and was hoping to learn a little bit more about her through the dress.
She had previously tried contacting Dior about 12 years ago but says they weren’t much help. With renewed determination, she turned to TikTok for help and soon caught the interested eye of fashion historian Henry Wilkinson.
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Wilkinson advised Adeline, who shares the “mostly clothes” username @adelinevining, that the dress was likely an early Christian Dior design, judging by the typography on the label.
He added, “The hourglass silhouette was reminiscent of his revolutionary ‘New Look’ that began in 1947.”
Noting the distinctive zigzag trim, Wilkinson believed the strapless dress to be from Christian Dior’s Fall/Winter 1949 collection, back when the iconic designer was still involved in the design process.
One of these dresses had previously even been exhibited at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and was an important piece of fashion history.
With Wilkinson’s encouragement, Adeline decided to have the dress appraised and was put in touch with London-based auction house Kerry Taylor Auctions.
She was left “completely on the ground” when auctioneers valued her at between £30,000 and £35,000 in her current condition.
Adeline’s mother recently sent her a photo of her grandmother dancing in a dress with an unknown man and looking like “she’s having the greatest time”.
For Adeline this was a ‘voyage of discovery’ as she didn’t know much about her grandmother who sadly passed away when her mother was just two years old.
She said: “I’m glad that through the dress I can finally meet my grandmother. My grandfather worked in the Foreign Office so my grandmother would have worn the dress to events held by my grandfather’s office or to events he was invited to.
“The dress sat in my grandfather’s attic for 40 years, then I’ve owned it for the last 25 years. I kept the dress for so long because I’ve always wanted to wear it. But it is so beautiful, it needs a very special occasion.”
While the dress would certainly fetch a lot of money at auction, Adeline has no intention of parting with it for now as she considers it an important piece of her family history.
She explained: “I intend to keep the dress, at least until I have had a chance to wear it. It’s part of my family history and I think I would have a really hard time parting with it.”
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