London, South Kensington
Clare Borthwick began her career at Christie’s in 2007 as a Graduate Intern in the Costume and Textiles Department. She subsequently transferred to the role of Administrator within the Books Department, working both at South Kensington and at King Street, before returning to the Costume and Textiles department as Junior Specialist in 2009. Within this role, she specialised in European textiles from the 17th-19th centuries, historical costume and 20th century vintage couture, including luxury accessories, handbags and trunks. For the next three years, she headed up the luxury handbag section of the bi-annual Elegance sales, which featured up to seventy lots of Hermès handbags and a selection of fine jewels. She was also responsible for valuing and cataloguing Elizabeth Taylor’s accessories wardrobe, which formed part of the landmark series of sales in New York in December 2011. In her capacity as Specialist in the Vintage Couture & Luxury Handbags Department, Clare was responsible for the cataloguing of vintage couture from the early 20th century, as well as exclusive 21st century pieces from designers, such as McQueen, together with luxury accessories, including Hermès handbags and Louis Vuitton trunks and luggage. She now runs the London Luxury Handbags and Accessories live and online only sales. Clare received her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Printed Textiles from the University for the Creative Arts in 2006.