With her throaty voice, inimitable talent for wearing trousers and exceptional taste, Hollywood siren Lauren Bacall was a true style icon.
While Bacall didn’t often talk about fashion during her lifetime, she adored it, and as the many slavish followers of her masculine edged style can attest – fashion loved her too.
“From the day I could afford it, I shopped too much,” Bacall once said of her love for clothes and nice things.
An exhibition of photographs and film showcasing Bacall’s style is currently taking residence at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Bacall donated 700-plus pieces spanning from 1968 to 1986 to the museum
From March 31 to April 1 Bonham’s auction house will action 740 of Bacall’s possessions, including Louis Vuitton luggage sets and couture pieces to die for such as Chanel tweeds and the Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking tuxedos that Bacall wore like no other. The auction will also include art from the Los Angeles home that Bacall shared with her first husband, Humphrey Bogart.
The more affordable items up for sale include bathrobes and furnishings for around $300-$500.
Which, really, is a small price to pay to own something that a woman who encouraged all women to wear the pants once treasured.
You can see the entire Bacall collection catalogue here.