One of the Twin Cities' largest individual collections of vintage couture is about to go on sale. Dr. Mary Wangsness of North Oaks died in March, leaving more than 6,000 pristine pieces of Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, iconic disco-era designer Stephen Burrows, and many others from the 1960s to this year—including items from de la Renta's final collection before his death.
The family of Wangsness went to vintage expert Patric Richardson, owner of Mona Williams, where the doctor was a regular customer. He's spent months culling through the collection. Select garments will be donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (in Bill Blass's home state). The rest will be up for grabs—priced anywhere from $100 into the thousands—at a giant estate sale at International Market Square in Minneapolis Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 1-3. Be among the first to shop the collection at a VIP Party on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and benefit fashion programming in the Twin Cities.