Joanna Lumley and her Ab Fab alter ego Patsy are raiding their wardrobes for a charity auction in aid of The Prince's Trust.

At 8.00pm on Tuesday 13th November, Joanna Lumley will be throwing open her wardrobe doors and giving the public the chance to own some of her classic costumes and designer outfits.

Joanna says, “I am giving up some of my greatest treasures and happiest memories”, adding that she’d only selected pieces for the auction that were special to her.

A total of 50 lots of clothing and accessories are to be auctioned, including the sweet Jean Muir dress Joanna wore as the character ‘Marie Jouvet’ in the 1982 film The Trail of the Pink Panther, and lace lingerie worn as ‘Purdey’, the New Avenger girl in the 1980s.

Vintage treasures from the 1970s to current designer wear add to the eclectic mix – including the Betty Jackson suit worn to HRH Prince Charles' wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, a calico corset Lumley wore in the film Sweeney Todd, and the pink Chanel suit (worn when lobbying for the Gurkhas at the Palace of Westminster).

Hermès scarves, costume jewellery, exotic brocaded jackets, shoes with killer heels, stylish Pucci, sequined Moschino, crisp, white Mexicana from the 70s, make this an intriguing and multi-facetted collection.

“I am so thrilled to think that the proceeds will all go to benefit young people through one of my all-time favourite charities – The Prince’s Trust,” she said. “I love each item and each garment with a passion.”

There are 16 lots from bad-girl Patsy’s stylish wardrobe – including the black velvet and feather hat she wore to Saffy’s wedding in 1996, the Joseph zebra striped coat that she is seen wearing on the AbFab opening credits, designer-wear from across the series by Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre, Alexander McQueen and others.

There is even a punk teddy bear and flagons of perfume that Jean-Paul Gaultier personally presented to her on the set of the Exploitin shoot in 2003.

  • Auction date: November 13th 2012 at 8.00pm
  • Viewing on the day from 5.00pm (other times can be arranged by appointment)
  • Venue: Kerry Taylor Auctions, 249-253 Long Lane, London, SE1 4PR
  • Tickets: £10 (all proceeds from tickets will also be donated to The Trust)

An online catalogue is available on the Kerry Taylor Auctions website.

You can bid in person, online or by telephone and estimates start at £100. All lots are accompanied by letters of authenticity signed by the Joanna Lumley.

For more information about the auction please contact Kerry Taylor Auctions on 0208 676 4600 or

All proceeds (including tickets) will be donated to The Trust.

Source: Prince's Trust

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