Strauss & Co goes Vintage with South African Haute Couture Legend, Chris Levin

The first of its kind in South Africa, this sale builds on the notable worldwide demand for vintage fashion offering every fashionista the opportunity to bid on an array of timeless vintage garments coveted by celebrities, socialites and trendsetters alike. The sale takes place on Thursday 16 May 2013 at 6pm in the Wanderers Club Ballroom and represents an exciting addition to the Strauss & Co auction repertoire. Works of art in their own right, the 50 garments will be fittingly displayed against a backdrop of important South African and international art by celebrated artists including Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Frans Oerder, Jean Welz and William Kentridge, amongst others, set to go under the hammer on Monday 20 May 2013.  

The story that prompted Chris Levin to approach Strauss & Co about the sale of his personal collection, lies in the historic sale in 2011 by Christie’s New York, The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor: The Icon and her Haute Couture. Amongst the creations of international giants of couture, the likes of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Valentino, was Lot 359, a Chris Levin white ostrich feather evening cape made for the actress in 1975 when she and Richard Burton came to South Africa for their honeymoon. It sold for an astonishing US$30 000. 

Trained in the Western Cape, Chris Levin’s name is synonymous with quality, luxurious fabrics, exquisite workmanship and the finest attention to detail. Recognised leaders in the business, political, diplomatic, social and cultural spheres, his clientele included South African and international women of substance, including Marike de Klerk, First Lady of South Africa, who sported tailor-made Chris Levin garments at many important state events. He created gowns for South Africa’s first operatic diva, Mimi Coertse and for popular singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, ‘Princess of Africa’. He was also involved in the creation of corporate wear for national and international airlines, including South African Airways, amongst others.
Stephan Welz, Managing Director of Strauss & Co comments: “We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to sell such an important and wonderful collection by this South African-born design legend.”

This unique sale in the history of South African fashion, also includes a number of his original design sketches and a selection of couture accessories that have been donated by Vintage, with Love. These will benefit their charitable funds. Strauss & Co is donating its commissions from the auction to the charity, Vintage, with Love, an inspiring initiative to raise much-needed funds for illiteracy in our country. The charity was the brainchild of Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly and Leigh Ord. The Shine Centre and The Click Foundation that will be benefitting from this auction, run school reading programmes at the foundation stage ensuring that, when children reach the crucial ages of nine and ten, they are able to read well and therefore continue their studies in an effective manner. (www.facebook.com/vintagewithlove)

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Vintage Couture: The Chris Levin Collection

Thursday 16 May 2013, 6.00 pm 
The Wanderers Club , Ballroom, 21 North Street, Illovo, Johannesburg

Preview - Tuesday 7 May to Friday 10 May from 9 am to 4 pm
Strauss & Co. Johannesburg office -89 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg.

Vintage, with Love – Fashion Sale - at the Forum, The Campus, Bryanston
Selected lots on preview - 11 to 12 May from 10 am to 4 pm,

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Thing of beauty: Chris Levin’s couture collection

This week at auction house Strauss & Co, Levin’s vintage collection was being prominently displayed amid exceptional pieces of South African art. A hand-sequined red party dress and a crimson silk Duchesse satin two-piece played tricks with light bouncing off Alexis Preller’s Choros, the painter’s exuberant tribute to a popular Brazilian music style. And despite the many years between their creations it was as if they were conceived as accompaniments.

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Fabulous Fashion at Chris Levin Auction

Last Thursday, 16 May, Strauss & Co. hosted a vintage couture auction of fashion designer Chris Levin’s most sought-after couture.

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Mark Coetzee Donates Chris Levin Designs to Iziko Museum

On the 16th May Strauss and Co. hosted an auction of the finest couture from the private collection of South African fashion legend Chris Levin.

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Strauss & Co goes Vintage with South African Haute Couture Legend, Chris Levin

April 29, 2013 Strauss & Co, in conjunction with the charity Vintage, with Love, are staging an auction of vintage couture from the personal archives of the legendary South African couturier, Chris Levin.

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VINTAGE COUTURE AUCTION

Here at ELLE we’re very excited to announce the sale of The Chris Levin Collection, this Thursday by Strauss & Co. auction house.Chris Levin’s name has become synonymous with haute couture in South Africa. His reputation was built on quality, luxurious fabrics and attention to detail.

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Vintage Levin

Lore Watterson - Classicfeel Legendary South African designer Chris Levin, in conjunction with auction powerhouse Strauss & Co., is staging South Africas first-ever vintage couture auction. Classicfeel spoke to Chris Levin about his decision to host the auction and his life as one of South Africas top fashion designers.