Goldwyn will be selling more than 300 items with Vestiaire Collective. The assortment of ready-to-wear, accessories, handbags and shoes spans over seven decades.
Goldwyn expects her Mr Blackwell pieces to go quickly. “The late Richard Blackwell was an American fashion critic who created the Best Dressed and Worst Dressed lists, and he was also a designer. I’m selling a few pieces of his: a brocade gown with a matching coat as well as a floor length gown and an opera coat.”
She also suspects collectibles such as a pair of PVC-strapped Tabi boots and leather gloves by Maison Martin Margeila from the 1990s will go fast, as will a kurta-style wool coat from Yves Saint Laurent’s Moroccan collection and knitwear from Kansai Yamamoto, a Japanese designer who dressed David Bowie on numerous occasions in the ’70s.
There are some items, though, that she’ll never part with. “I often donate pieces from my collection to museums or loan them out for exhibitions, but I have a rasta hat that belonged to Bob Marley, and that’s something that’s staying with me,” she says.
A helping hand
Closet cleaning is never an easy task for any of us, but it’s a particularly daunting challenge for Goldwyn, whose archive could outshine some museums’ collections. “It was tough deciding what to sell,” she says.
Helping to focus her mind was the knowledge that parting with these pieces will help a great cause: 10 per cent of the sale’s proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success, an international organisation that aims to economically empower women by offering support, tools and professional attire.
“I got involved with [the charity] in the late 1990s when I started donating to their programme. I’ve met many inspiring women there who have changed my life, and their mission is one that is close to my heart.”
Also, she adds, a bit of a purge can feel good. “We don’t need so many new clothes all the time. Having the latest bag isn’t going to make you happy or define you. Style is who you are, underneath the clothes.”