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The late Shirley Kritzik had a great eye for flamboyant styles.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ upcoming vintage fashion and accessories auction will include pieces from the closet of a late Milwaukee fashionista. Shirley Kritzik, who passed away in late July, was a supporter of the arts community, and apparently, had quite the sartorial eye. Seventy four ensembles from her massive collection of designer duds will be included in the April 22 show in Chicago, and roughly 50 additional items will be auctioned off in the fall. Below are four pieces from her collection that exemplify her range in tastes and reveal her colorful style. My favorite happens to be the chiffon Oscar de la Renta dress, but I can’t help but be delighted by the groovy “hostess” pajamas. If you know anyone who still wears hostess pajamas, email me.

In a statement, Yanet Ramirez, director of vintage fashion and luxury accessories for the auction house, says the house is very excited about Kritzik’s collection. “While she was an avid collector of Emilio Pucci, her collection spanned the spectrum of fashion ranging from Alexander McQueen to Zandra Rhodes. She was a fashion trailblazer in her own right and we are delighted to help find new homes for the beauties that she collected during her lifetime.”

A set of "hostess" pajamas in grey and pink silk by Emilio Pucci. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

A set of “hostess” pajamas in gray and pink silk by Emilio Pucci. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

A chiffon print dress in purple by Oscar de la Renta. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

A chiffon print dress in purple by Oscar de la Renta. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

A wrap gown in marigold by Halston. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

A wrap gown in marigold by Halston. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

A multicolor pant ensemble by Pierre Cardin. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

A multicolor pant ensemble by Pierre Cardin. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Other highlights from the auction include wonderful Steven Stipelman illustrations, a Galanos ombre silk gown, a Moschino couture dinner jacket dress, and a funky Vivienne Westwood wool skirt suit. There is also an entire store’s worth of Chanel tweed. Even though the physical auction takes place in Chicago, you can also bid online.

The house will be previewing its local spring auction (that takes place May 15) at the upcoming Gallery Night. Hindman is also auctioning items from noted one-time Milwaukeean Oprah Winfrey in Chicago on April 25. You can gawk at the goods here.

 

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