Wednesday 21 November 2018

Horse breeder's wardrobe for sale

Black Spotted Day dress from Anne Moen Bullitt collection, which is to be auctioned
Black Spotted Day dress from Anne Moen Bullitt collection, which is to be auctioned
Black Spotted Day dress from Anne Moen Bullitt collection, which is to be auctioned
Black Spotted Day dress from Anne Moen Bullitt collection, which is to be auctioned
Black Spotted Day dress from Anne Moen Bullitt collection, which is to be auctioned
Black Spotted Day dress from Anne Moen Bullitt collection, which is to be auctioned

The wardrobe of an American socialite who became an Irish racehorse breeder will go under the hammer this week.

Anne Moen Bullitt, who died in Ireland two years ago, was famed for her collection of haute couture clothing and jewellery.

Around 80 items from her stylish wardrobe are being sold by Christie's auction house as part of the sale Fashion Through the Ages, to be held in London on Thursday.

Pat Frost, head of the sale, said Ms Bullitt epitomised the perfect 1950s hourglass figure, which was set off by a tiny waist of just 20 inches.

Her clothing, which spans 40 years, includes evening gowns to sharply cut suits encompassing her four marriages in Spain, Ireland and the US.

They are expected to fetch between 1,000 euro to 2,000 euro each.

Christie's said the sale features the most extensive 1950s Balenciaga wardrobe to be offered to the market in the Past 20 years, alongside a selection of Hermes handbags, rare 1950s Hattie Carnegie suits, stunning dresses by Jacques Fath and Yves St Laurent and an array of Irish couture by Sybil Connelly.

Ms Bullitt, who died in 2007 at the age of 83, was the daughter of the United States Ambassador to Russia, millionaire William Bullitt, and Louise Bryant, an American journalist and radical.

The socialite finally settled at Palmerston House in Co Kildare and set up Palmerston Stud, one of the most successful farms in Ireland throughout the 1950s and 60s, with her third husband, Roderic More O'Ferrall.

She had a distinguished career in horse racing and was the first female breeder and trainer in Ireland.

Press Association

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Also in this section