Full on fashion porn

When I opened the pictures that I was sent for this I full on gasped.

(Quick disclosure – A few people will have seen that the title includes the word ‘porn’. And a few people who have clicked through to this post will be slightly disappointed. But mostly, I think you will gasp along with me, in a clothes porn, not a porn porn way.)

Christie’s, the auction house, has announced that its South Kensington saleroom will be selling the couture wardrobe of Anne Moen Bullitt (1924 – 2007), a four-time married American socialite.

The collection comprises 80 outfits, including the most extensive 1950s Balenciaga wardrobe offered to the market in the last two decades. This accompanies Hermes handbags, 1950s Hattie Carnegie suits, Jacques Fath and Yves St Laurent dresses and Irish couture from Sybil Connolly.

The auction will be held on 09 December this year. Here’s a selection of pictures that will make you weep a little. The yellow dress is my favourite piece – I swear my heart stopped for a little second when I saw it. I’ve also included a bit of history on Anne below for the more culturally inclined among us.

All about Anne Moen Bullitt

Anne Moen Bullitt was born in Paris in 1924 to Louise Bryant, a notorious American journalist, and William Christian Bullitt Jr. The Bullitt family was wealthy and moved in social circles with the likes of Freud and Roosevelt.

Anne married four times. In the autumn of 1943 she was engaged to Daniel Brewster, only to be break and marry Army Staff Sgt. Caspar Wistar Barton Townsend Jr four months later. Their marriage was short-lived and by 1947 Anne was married to Nicholas Duke Biddle. Biddle was a vice consul in the American embassy in Spain for several years and it was here that the bulk of Anne’s couture wardrobe was formed. With easy access to Cristobal Balenciaga’s ateliers in Madrid, Anne ultimately had more than a hundred couture ensembles made for her, all under the Spanish name Eisa.

By the mid 1950s, Anne had divorced and remarried again, this time to Roderic More O’Ferrall, of the Irish racing family. Once they were settled at Palmerston House in Kilkenny, she and O’Ferrall established Palmerston Stud, one of the most successful farms in Ireland throughout the 1950s and 60s.

By 1967, Anne had divorced a third time and was married to Daniel Brewster, the man she had been engaged to more than twenty years earlier. Brewster had been a United States Congressman from 1959 to 1963 and he left his wife of twelve years for Anne, only to be separated from her by 1969. Following this Anne then spent the remainder of her life at Palmerston House with her beloved dogs and horses, until her death in 2007 aged 83.

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