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Vintage Fashion Sketch - Pocket Dress & Coat
Located in Houston, TX
Graceful gouache fashion sketch of a dress suit and simple winter coat, circa 1950. Original artwork on paper displayed on a white mat with a gold border. Archival plastic sleeve ...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage French Pen & Ink Fashion Sketch
Located in Houston, TX
Whimsical one-of-a-kind French vintage ink fashion sketch of a short and bouncy, sleeveless dress by a French fashion designer, circa 1960. Original artwork on paper displayed on a...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Pen

Vintage Gouache Fashion Sketch - Long Sleeved Dress
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant mid-century gouache fashion sketch of a long sleeved cream colored dress, accented with ivy green by Argentinian designer Lydia, circa 1940. Signed lower right. Original ar...
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1940s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage Balmain French Fashion Sketch - Couture Coat, c. 1960
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Original haute couture sketch of a blue and yellow coat by Parisian designer Pierre Balmain, circa 1960, featuring fascinating design details, such as alternating colors and collar d...
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1960s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Gouache

Vintage French Fashion Sketch - Two Tone Dress Jacket
By Serge Matta
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French watercolor and ink fashion sketch of a simple dress jacket in grey and white by haute couture designer Serge Matta, circa 1960. Couture stamp lower right. Original ar...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor, Ink, Paper

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Original vintage haute couture pencil and watercolor sketch of a jaunty orange jumpsuit by French fashion designer Pierre Balmain, circa 1960. Original vintage one-of-a-kind artw...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil, Watercolor

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - Navy Outfit
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage watercolor and ink fashion sketch of an elegant navy blue blouse paired with a slim skirt by the famed Balmain Fashion House, circa 1950. Original one-of-a-kind artwork o...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Acrylic, Paper, Watercolor

Vintage French Fashion Sketch - V-Neck Sweater
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage one-of-a-kind French fashion sketch ink ink of a casual v-neck sweater with a blue polka dot print by Balmain Fashion House of Paris, circa 1970. Original artwork on paper...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Paper

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - White Gown
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage haute couture fashion sketch of a glamorous white gown by Balmain Fashion House of Paris, circa 1950. Original one-of-a-kind artwork on paper displayed on a white mat with...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage Haute Couture Fashion Sketch- Business Greys
By Jean Patou
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant one-of-a-kind gouache and ink fashion sketch of two business casual outfits in a light grey by French haute couture designer Jean Patou, 1979. Signed lower left. Fabric swatc...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Ink, Paper

Vintage French Fashion Sketch - Rust Orange Outfit
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French acrylic fashion sketch of a slim fitting casual outfit in a rust orange by the famed Balmain Fashion House, circa 1950. Original one-of-a-kind artwork on paper disp...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Acrylic, Paper

Vintage Christian Dior Fashion Sketch - Draped Blouse
By Christian Dior
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage haute couture fashion sketch of a gauzy draped black blouse by Christian Dior Fashion House, 1977. Original fabric sample is attached. Christian Dior Fashion House stamp. Ann...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Fabric, Gouache, Ink, Paper

Vintage French Fashion Sketch - House of Balmain
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Original vintage haute couture pencil and gouache fashion sketch of two colorful tunic style tops by renowned French fashion designer Pierre Balmain, circa 1960. Original vintage...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper, Pencil

Vintage Gouache Fashion Sketch - Pink House Dress
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant mid-century gouache fashion sketch of a slim fitting house dress in bright pink by Argentinian designer Lydia, circa 1940. Signed lower right. Original artwork on paper d...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

Vintage French Fashion Sketch - House of Balmain
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Original vintage haute couture pencil fashion sketch of two colorful leisure outfits by renowned French fashion designer Pierre Balmain, circa 1960. Original vintage one-of-a-kin...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Color Pencil, Paper, Pencil

Vintage Haute Couture Fashion Sketch - Brown Trench Coat
By Jean Patou
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant one-of-a-kind gouache and ink fashion sketch of a stylish brown trench coat edged in black by French haute couture designer Jean Patou, 1979. Original artwork on paper di...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Paper, Gouache

Vintage Gouache Fashion Sketch - Blue and White Dress
Located in Houston, TX
Outstanding mid-century gouache fashion sketch of a elegant blue dress with white boatneck detailing by Argentinian designer Lydia, circa 1940. Original artwork on paper displayed ...
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1940s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage Balmain French Fashion Sketch - Lime Green Summer Dress
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage gouache and pencil French fashion sketch of a casual summer dress in a bold lime green hue by the famed Balmain Fashion House of Paris, circa 1960. Original artwork on pap...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Pencil

Vintage Fashion Sketch - Pleated Dress
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant black and white gouache sketch of a pleated, button down dress by Lydia, circa 1950. Signed lower right. Original artwork on paper displayed on a white mat with a gold bor...
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1940s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Gouache, Paper

Vintage Fashion Sketch - Pink Summer Dress
Located in Houston, TX
Original gouache fashion sketch of a flirty summer dress in a pink striped pattern by Argentinian designer Hendlin, circa 1950. Original artwork on paper displayed on a white mat w...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache

Vintage Fashion Sketch - Waist Length Purple Coat
Located in Houston, TX
Brightly accented gouache fashion sketch of a waist length coat in a playful purple hue, circa 1950. Original artwork on paper displayed on a white mat with a gold border. Archival ...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage Balmain Mini Dresses Fashion Sketch
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Excellent one-of-a-kind gouache and ink fashion sketch of several variations of a casual mini dress by the French haute couture Balmain Fashion house of Paris, circa 1960. Origina...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - Pink Suit
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French haute couture fashion sketch of a classic pink dress suit by the Balmain Fashion House, circa 1960. Acrylic and pencil. Original one-of-a-kind artwork on paper disp...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper, Pencil

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - Polka Dots
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage haute couture fashion sketch in watercolor and pencil of a two piece skirted outfit with polka dots by the Balmain Fashion House of Paris, circa 1960. Original one-of-a-k...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil, Watercolor

Vintage Balmain Spots & Stripes Fashion Sketch
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Charming one-of-a-kind gouache and ink fashion sketch of three variations of a sleeveless navy top by the haute couture Balmain Fashion House of Paris, circa 1960. Fabric swatch atta...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Ink, Paper

Vintage French Fashion Sketch - Beige Outfits
By Jean Patou
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French haute couture sketch in watercolor and ink of two casually elegant outfits in beige tones by Paris Haute Couture designer Jean Patou, 1979. Signed lower left. Includes...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Paper, Watercolor

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - Magenta Gown
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage haute couture fashion sketch of an elegant off the shoulder gown in magenta by Balmain Fashion House of Paris, circa 1950. Original one-of-a-kind artwork on paper displaye...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - Red Outfits
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French haute couture fashion sketch of a several bright outfits incorporating a vivid red color by the Parisian Balmain Fashion House, circa 1960. Acrylic and pencil sketch. ...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - Grey Stripes
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage haute couture fashion sketch of a striped blouse and pencil skirt in grey by the Balmain Fashion House of Paris, circa 1960. Original one-of-a-kind artwork on paper displa...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper, Pencil

Vintage Gouache Fashion Sketch - Pink Day Dress
Located in Houston, TX
Lovely mid-century gouache fashion sketch of a classic day dress in a soft pink and paired with white accessories by Argentinian designer Lydia, circa 1950. Original artwork on pap...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage Christian Dior Fashion Sketch - Blue Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French haute couture fashion sketch in gouache and ink of a long sleeve dress in a sapphire blue by Christian Dior, 1977. Christian Dior Fashion House stamp. Fabric swatches ...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Ink, Paper

Vintage Gouache Fashion Sketch - Yellow Evening Gown
Located in Houston, TX
Gorgeous mid-century gouache fashion sketch of graceful evening dress in bright yellow and a neckline detailed in black by Argentinian designer Lydia, circa 1950. Signed lower right....
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - Navy Dress Suit
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage gouache and pencil French fashion sketch of a elegant cress suit in navy blue by the famed Balmain Fashion House of Paris, circa 1960. Original artwork on paper displaye...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper, Pencil

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - Orange Print Dress
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage one-of-a-kind French fashion sketch of a fun flirty dress with a orange print done in ink by Balmain Fashion House of Paris, circa 1970. Original artwork on paper displaye...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Paper

Vintage Christian Dior Fashion Sketch - Coat & Skirt
By Christian Dior
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French haute couture fashion sketch in gouache with ink of a magenta coat and a long delicate skirt by Christian Dior, 1977. Original fabric sample is attached. Christian Dio...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Fabric, Paper, Ink, Gouache

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - Green Striped Blouse
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage haute couture fashion sketch of a fashionable green striped blouse paired with a white skirt and jacket by Balmain Fashion House of Paris, circa 1950. Original one-of-a-kind...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage Haute Couture Fashion Sketch- Black Skirt
By Jean Patou
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant one-of-a-kind gouache and ink fashion sketch of a business casual black skirt paired with simple grey and pink by French haute couture designer Jean Patou, 1979. Signed lower...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Gouache, Ink, Paper

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - Lime Green Blazer
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage one-of-a-kind French watercolor and ink fashion sketch of a sporty, short sleeve blazer in lime green by the Parisian Balmain fashion house, circa 1960. Original artwork ...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Watercolor, Ink

Vintage Christian Dior Fashion Sketch - Black Coat
By Christian Dior
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French haute couture fashion sketch in gouache and ink of a long charcoal grey trench coat lined in plush fur by Christian Dior, 1977. Christian Dior Fashion House stamp. Fab...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Ink, Paper

Vintage Balmain Gouache Fashion Sketch - Red Dress Suit
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage one-of-a-kind haute couture gouache fashion sketch of a vivid red dress suit by the Parisian Balmain Fashion House, circa 1960. Original artwork on paper displayed on a wh...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage French Haute Couture Fashion Sketch - Gradient Stripes
By Jean Patou
Located in Houston, TX
Eye catching one-of-a-kind gouache and ink fashion sketch of a business casual dress in gradient brown stripes by French designer Jean Patou, 1979. Signed lower left. Fabric swatches...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Ink, Paper

Vintage Christian Dior Fashion Sketch - Black Evening Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French haute couture fashion sketch in gouache and ink of a elegant black evening dress with a geometric print by Christian Dior fashion house, 1977. Christian Dior Fashion H...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Ink, Paper

Vintage Christian Dior Fashion Sketch - Knit Wool Coat
By Christian Dior
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French haute couture fashion sketch with gouache and ink of a knit wool coat in blue and purple by Christian Dior, 1978. Small original fabric sample is attached. Christian D...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Fabric, Gouache, Ink, Paper

Vintage Balmain Fashion Sketch - Red Dress and Coat
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage haute couture fashion sketch of a bright red skirt with matching blouse and jacket by Balmain Fashion House of Paris, circa 1950. Original one-of-a-kind artwork on paper dis...
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1950s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Gouache, Paper

Vintage Chrisian Dior Fashion Sketch - Gingham Dress Suit
By Christian Dior
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French haute couture fashion sketch in gouache and ink of a gingham print dress suit and matching blouse by Christian Dior, 1977. Small original fabric samples are attached. ...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Fabric, Gouache, Ink, Paper

Vintage French Pen & Ink Fashion Sketch - Casual Plaids
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage one-of-a-kind French pen and ink fashion sketch of a fun and casual skirted outfit in a red plaid plaid pattern by a French designer, circa 1960. Designer's studio stamp lowe...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Pen, Paper

Vintage French Pen & Ink Fashion Sketch - Slim Fit Dress
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage one-of-a-kind pen and ink fashion sketch of a form fitting dress with collar by a French fashion designer, circa 1960. Designer's studio stamp lower right. Original artwork ...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Paper, Pen

Christian Dior Vintage Christian Dior Fashion Sketch - Brown Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage French haute couture fashion sketch in gouache and ink of a long sleeve dress in deep brown by Christian Dior, 1977. Christian Dior Fashion House stamp. Annotations lower mar...
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1970s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Ink, Paper, Gouache

Vintage Balmain French Fashion Sketch - Couture Tennis Dress, c. 1960
By Pierre Balmain
Located in Houston, TX
Original haute couture sketch of a tennis dress by Parisian designer Pierre Balmain, circa 1960, featuring a striking visual contrast between bold pink and light yellow. Labeled "lou...
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1960s Contemporary Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Ink, Gouache

Vintage French Fashion Sketch - White Day Dress Modeled by 60's Chic Woman
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage ink French fashion sketch of a casual day dress embellished with rope trim, circa 1965. Designer stamp lower left. Original artwork on paper displayed on a white mat wit...
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1960s Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Ink, Paper

Vintage Fashion Sketches For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, there are several options of vintage fashion sketches available for sale. Finding the ideal Contemporary examples of these works for your living room, whether you’re looking for small- or large-size pieces, is no easy task — start by shopping our selection today. Adding a colorful pieces of art to a room that is mostly decorated in warm neutral tones can yield a welcome change — see the vintage fashion sketches on 1stDibs that include elements of beige, white, gray, black and more. These artworks have been a part of the life’s work for many artists, but the versions made by Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior, Jean Patou and Serge Matta are consistently popular. The range of these distinct pieces — often created in paper, paint and watercolor — can elevate any room of your home. Large vintage fashion sketches can be an attractive addition to some spaces, while the smaller iterations available — each spanning 0.1 inches in width — may make for a better choice for a more modest living area.

How Much are Vintage Fashion Sketches?

Prices for art of this kind can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — vintage fashion sketches in our inventory begin at $150 and can go as high as $850, while the average can fetch as much as $325.

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