During my years in London, it was always a pleasure to meet my cousin Maya von Schönburg Glauchau. Whether in the countryside, at her beautiful home near Windsor, where Marilyn Monroe had once lived, or at social events in town, her joie de vivre was contagious. With her mischievous humour and fabulous couture and designer clothes, she was undoubtedly the life of the party. No wonder British magazine, Tatler, described the witty German countess as the most popular woman in London. Now, you can buy some of Maya von Schönburg’s fantastic wardrobe in the upcoming “Passion for Fashion” auction. And let me tell you, it’s an unmissable opportunity for fashionistas who love vintage couture from the ’80s and ‘90s.
What’s in Maya von Schönburg’s wardrobe
Countess Maya Von Schoenburg Glauchau at Gloria Von Thurn Und Taxis And Thaddaeus Ropac’s Anniversary At Maxim’S In Paris. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Among the 29 pieces that belonged to the sister of Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis are a couture Christian Lacroix suit and a jacket from the early ’90s. And also several Vivienne Westwood corsets and dresses. Additionally, you’ll see a vintage Valentino ballgown and patchwork satin jacket from the ’80s. Similarly, evening gowns from Alexander McQueen, Alice Temperley, and Halston are up for grabs in the charity sale. And for fashion history lovers, there’s a Balenciaga evening ensemble from 1963 and a Courrèges skirt and jacket ensemble from the late ’60s.
Besides the luxurious wardrobe of the late Maya von Schönburg, Passion for Fashion is also auctioning items from Victoria, Lady de Rothschild and the Royal Family. For example, a cotton dress made to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who’s just celebrated her Platinum Jubilee. And shoes, stockings, and chemises that belonged to Queen Victoria.
More about the Passion for Fashion auction
Maya von Schoenburg-Glauchau attends the Thurn & Taxis Castle Festival 2014 on July 24, 2014 in Regensburg, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
The Kerry Taylor Auction House, which specialises in exceptional fashion, is organising the online sale that will take place on the 21st of June. Their biannual Passion for Fashion sales are treasure troves where you find the best examples of vintage, haute couture, contemporary show pieces, rare antique costumes, and luxury accessories like the ’90s Chanel belt from Countess Maya von Schönburg’s wardrobe. According to Maya’s wishes, the sale proceeds of her garments will go to Team Domenica. This charity helps young people with learning disabilities and was founded by Rosa Monckton, a close friend of Princess Diana.
Finally, check here all items from Maya von Schönburg’s wardrobe available in the Passion for Fashion auction.
Cheers, Christine Schönburg