During the 1960s, Tiziani fashion house created movie costumes and outfits for celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor. Karl Lagerfeld worked for the European fashion house as a freelancer during his early designing career and the meticulous details he added to his sketches for Taylor and other starlets set him apart from the other designers.
The Tiziani achieve, with consists of over 300 sketches, is said to encompass the change in fashion moving from haute couture to the more available ready-to-wear designs. The collection was first kept by Tiziani's founder, Evan Richards, who kept Lagerfeld's sketches and designs, alongside other pieces made for the fashion house during the 1960s.
Rico Baca, auctioneer and co-owner of the auction house hopes that the sketches will attract buyers to the auction, which is to be held on January 11. He adds the value of the archive as a whole was difficult to estimate, but bidding on the sketches will most likely begin at 500 dollars a piece.
"It was not meant to be art, but as 50 years have gone by, it has become art because it was done by Lagerfeld," concluded Baca.