Haute Couture in the spotlight with Didier Ludot


On January 26, 2023 at 2pm, Artcurial in collaboration with Christie's will showcase Didier Ludot's personal collection made up of 300 fashion pieces. All of them have been carefully chosen during his 48-year career in Haute Couture. An online sale on artcurial.com will present 150 additional pieces.



Chanel, 1937
Haute Couture, 1937
A black tulle and lace flounces evening dress, black silk moire straps
Estimate: €3,000 - 4,000

Didier Ludot, fashion collector, set up his shop in 1974 at the Palais Royal. Inspired by the Liberation collection created by Yves Saint-Laurent in January 1971, he selected several dresses and accessories from the same period which he sold successfully. His eye, his instinct and his knowledge make him the greatest collector of vintage clothing and accessories, and his boutique has acquired international fame among elegant women, fashion professionals as well as museums and institutions. Within his collection he has brought together essentials from Alaïa, Balenciaga, Balmain, Chanel, Dior, Grès, Yves Saint Lorent.


Among the highlights should be mentioned a 1937 Chanel dress estimated at €3,000-4,000, a 1962 Balenciaga dress with a hematite-embroidered top estimated at €1,800-2,000, a similar example of which is kept in the Balenciaga Archives. Two Yves Saint Laurent jackets, embroidered by Maison Lesage from the Spring-Summer 1988 "Tribute to painters" collection. Another piece by the couturier, a long black dress from 1997, is a prototype worn by Carla Bruni on the runway.








Haute Couture, 1962
An evening dress, top embroidered with beads and sequins, pink satin skirt
Estimate: €1,800 - 2,200


Yves Saint Laurent
Haute Couture - Hiver 1988
An evening ensemble, golden yellow satin jacket embroidered by Maison Lesage with clusters of blue and green grapes, tribute to painter Pierre Bonnard, blue satin crepe dress
Estimate: €12,000 – 16,000

In addition there will be a denim suit from Alaïa from 1985 estimated at €800 - 1,200, immortalized by Farida Khelfa, the couturier's muse. A sublime Versace dress from 1992, the same model of which was worn by Madonna, photographed by Michiel Koppers, and an absinthe-coloured coat by John Galliano for Dior from 2004.


The sale is also marked by a selection of enameled accessories like a Jacques Fath evening clutch in its original case that belonged to the Duchess of Windsor, a Thierry Mugler set from 1979, a Christian Lacroix bishop satin evening bag high couture 1989 whose clasp was designed by Hervé van der Straeten.




From 20 th to 25 th January, from 11am to 6pm


Auction at Artcurial
Didier Ludot Collection : My Secret Fashion Show
26 th January 2023 – 2pm


Online Auction
Didier Ludot Collection Online
From 19
th to 31th January 2023


In collaboration with Christie’s


Alice Léger
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