LONDON///FASHION///”SEX & SEDITIONARIES” CLOTHING ON THE AUCTION BLOCK
For dedicated punk fashion fetishists, London was the place to be today when CHRISTIE’S auction house raised nearly $500,000 USD in sales at their “Resurrection: Avant-Garde Fashion” auction that featured an impressive array of the most coveted punk threads from MALCOLM McLAREN & VIVENNE WESTWOOD‘s “Sex” and “Seditionaries” lines. Made famous by the Sex Pistols and named after the shop owned by the pair (it was named both “Sex” and “Seditionaries” at different points in the 1970s), the lines represented the most avant-garde edge of punk fashion and incited great scrutiny and derision in mainstream culture and high-end fashion circles when they were introduced. McClaren, of course, would become best-known as the ultimate boy band architect for his assemblage and management of the Sex Pistols, while Westwood went on to be regarded as the reigning radical of British fashion. Because of the extreme scarcity of original garments produced by the pair (punks tended to wear them to shreds, after all) an extraordinary amount of fakes have been circulated in recent years, and even made their way into Damien Hirst‘s private collection. Only time will tell if these recent offerings stand the test of time. HAVE A LOOK:
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