If you think "contemporary vintage" is something of an oxymoron, and you still want to find an original piece at the relatively low prices that used to characterise vintage finds, then you may soon find yourself lost in the maze of vintage restoration. Consider, for example, the case of financial director Clare Nicholls, who earlier this year attended a "Passion for Fashion" auction at Kerry Taylor in London and became the smitten owner of a £360 vibrant pink 1966 Yves Saint Laurent couture gown. The full-length piece belonged to a not-very-careful previous owner (had it been in better condition, or had the auction been after Saint Laurent's death instead of a few weeks before, the garment could have fetched up to £6,000). The catch: it wasn't wearable.
How To Care For Vintage Clothes