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Private collector to auction off pristine McQueen pieces

Jennifer Zuiker will be parting with some of her extensive archive collection of original Lee Alexander McQueen ready-to-wear and couture pieces in an upcoming auction. Zuiker has collected McQueen pieces over the last 20 years direct from the McQueen maison including some rare pieces that are hard to find.

Zuiker’s McQueen collection includes Sarabande jackets, bumster pants, and Plato’s Atlantis dresses. All of the collection will be stored in Los Angeles until the auction date of September 10.

Zuiker is well-known by the people working with McQueen including the producer of the 2018 “McQueen” documentary, Lady Kinvara Balfoun, that features pieces from Zuiker’s collection. Balfoun explains that she helped facilitate the auction for Zuiker’s collection, “Jennifer was very private and didn’t want any fame or glory for herself, but was really happy to have her clothes featured. Her collection is on another level.”

Balfoun herself disclosed that she will be participating in the auction to get some of the pristine pieces from Zuiker’s collection. Zuiker’s McQueen collection features museum-grade pieces that are in immaculate condition, similar to Sandy Scheier’s archive that was featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institue as the last exhibit before the COVID-19 closures of the museum.

The auction will include a variety of unique pieces by McQueen including a black silk parachute (Autumn-Winter 2002), a multi-color silk/satin medieval print dress (‘Angels and Demons’ Fall-Winter 2010), a purple reptile print kaleidoscope dress (‘Pluto’s Atlantis’ Spring-Summer 2010), and more.