Fashion is a collecting category that is a component of the larger Luxury Goods sector. In most cases, fashion can be considered a broad term that usually encompasses clothing, handbags and accessories, and in some cases jewelry.
The market for luxury clothing, handbags and accessories share many commonalities with the fine and decorative art markets. The main hubs for buying and selling luxury fashion include New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. The structure of the fashion market is comprised of both dealers and collectors, and auction records often establish benchmarks for pricing.
In terms of appraising fashion pieces, the most important factors appraisers look for in determining value include brand name, provenance, and condition.
Brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, and Gucci are the most sought-after amongst buyers and collectors. The more iconic the brand name, the more exclusive and therefore valuable the item becomes. Provenance can also be an important component of value. If an item was once owned by a well-known figure or celebrity, it almost always positively influences the value, as potential buyers often wish to experience the “exclusivity” of obtaining a piece once owned by an important individual.
Click the "Get Started" button below to set up a free account.
Answer a few simple questions and upload images of your item.
Receive a specialist's valuation by email in 24 to 48 hours.
Get help with the next steps, including consignment and sale.
As seen on:
I am so happy to have found Mearto. Their team of seasoned professionals provide a wealth of knowledge in tandem with excellent customer care. They provided an expert valuation and advised me sell a painting that I purchased for just $10 at an estate sale for nearly $1,000 on eBay. I have used them on several occasions and have been extremely pleased every time.
Mearto provides exceptional service at an exceptional price!
I used the Mearto authentication service to develop a history of a family owned piece with little to no provenance, except being owned by my family for 65 years. They came back with a 20 page extensive report and included a full page bibliography for reference. The “Stylistic Observations” section of the report was most enlightening comparing my piece to the original, which was on public display in the 1940’s.
I’m very happy with the results!
Very polite and professional services that they provide, my appraisal involved looking into an oil painting by an artist whose work is over 400 years old. Not only did they write about the artist but also where he was from and where he was born and most importantly the value, I'm impressed. (worth every penny).
I will always use Mearto for future appraisals.
The authentication report we received from Mearto was very well researched and written, as well as detailed and comprehensive. From an examination of the artist's signature to a discussion of the figural representations in the work, Mearto's art specialists took the time to explain in non-technical terms their findings. Professional, responsive, and kind are just a few words to describe their communication throughout the process-- definitely money well spent!
We needed a watch appraised and I found this website via Google. Having never doing this before, I was hesitant to submit a payment before receiving any information, I'm glad I did. David was very helpful and patient addressing my questions, and explaining the process. He was very thorough and knowledgeable. Should I have another opportunity, I would not hesitate to contact Mearto again.
Marilyn Monroe's 'Seven Year Itch' Subway Grate Dress was sold for more than $4.5 million at a 2011 auction in Beverly Hills. Also in 2011, a Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Jacket was sold for $1.8 million. Marilyn Monroe's "The Seven Year Itch" dress was the most expensive dress ever sold at auction for five years until a different one stole the record at Julien's Auctions in 2016. The 'Happy Birthday' Dress, worn by Marilyn Monroe when she famously sang a sultry version of "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy in 1962, was at last sold for $4.8 million.
A fashion accessory is an item used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer's outfit, often used to complete an outfit and chosen to specifically complement the wearer's look. It has the capacity to further express an individual's identity and personality as there are accessories that come in different, shapes, sizes, hues, etc. Fashion accessories can be loosely categorized into two general areas: those that are carried and those that are worn. Traditionally carried accessories include purses and handbags, glasses, hand fans, parasols and umbrellas, wallets, canes and ceremonial swords. Accessories that are worn may include jackets, boots and shoes, cravats, ties, hats, bonnets, belts and suspenders, gloves, muffs, necklaces, bracelets, watches, eyewear, sashes, shawls, scarves, lanyards, socks, pins, piercings, rings and stockings.
Clothing: Before the mid-19th century, most clothing was custom-made. It was handmade for individuals, either as home production or on order from dressmakers and tailors. By the beginning of the 20th century—with the rise of new technologies such as the sewing machine, the rise of global capitalism and the development of the factory system of production, and the proliferation of retail outlets such as department stores—clothing had increasingly come to be mass-produced in standard sizes and sold at fixed prices.
Footwear: Footwear has been in use since the earliest human history. Archeological finds of complete shoes date back to the Chalcolithic (ca. 5.000 BCE). The Romans saw clothing and footwear as unmistakable signs of power and status in society, and most Romans wore footwear, while slaves and peasants remained barefoot. In the 15th century, chopines were created in Turkey, and were usually 7-8 inches (17.7-20.3 cm) high. These shoes became popular in Venice and throughout Europe, as a status symbol revealing wealth and social standing. During the 16th century, royalty such as Catherine de Medici and Mary I of England began wearing high-heeled shoes to make them look taller or larger than life. By 1580, men also wore them, and a person with authority or wealth might be described as "well-heeled." In modern society, high-heeled shoes are an integral part of women's fashion and are widespread in certain countries around the world.