Karen Augusta


Augusta Auction Co.
Bellows Falls, VT
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Karen Augusta has been a student of antique clothing, lace, and textiles for over 40 years. Her New England childhood was immersed in fine art and couture clothing; she learned to appreciate construction details and style from her mother, a fashion illustrator, and composition and color from her father, a prominent Boston portrait artist.

Karen specializes in garments, laces and textiles from the 17th through the late 20th century. Ms. Augusta has curated costume and lace exhibits for museums and consults and appraises costume and textile collections for institutional and private clients throughout the country. She is a member of the Costume Society of America and the Textile Society of America.

In 1987, Karen opened Antique Lace & Fashion near her home, providing one-of-a-kind clothing and textile treasures to collectors, museums, designers and costumers from the stage and film industries. Eight years later, she developed a web presence and extended her expertise to a growing audience around the world. Her award-winning Web site,, is used by historians, costumers and re-enactors as a study guide and fashion reference. Karen privately brokers fine quality laces and garments to serious collectors through her Web site and from her southern Vermont studio.

In 2000, Karen created a specialty auction venue for the sale of couture garments, historic costumes and textiles. Since then, Karen has assisted institutions, individuals and estates in marketing large or important fashion and textile collections through her auction house. Her company, Augusta Auctions, is the only auction house in North America exclusively selling fashion and textiles. Augusta Auctions holds three sales annually in New York City and Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Karen has been an appraiser of clothing, fashion accessories, lace and historic textiles for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW since 2002.

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