"It starts in 1858 with Charles Frederick Worth and continues all the way to the present—not only couture, but also the best of ready-to-wear," says Schreier of the collection, which is heavy on Yves St. Laurent, for whom she once designed accessories.
Schreier is the epitome of the collector who’s interested in history and preservation. "I’ve never gone to buy a couture gown to wear, and I don’t wear what’s in the collection," she says.
"If I owned Picasso, it wouldn’t be on my back. I don’t think of them as clothes, I think of them as art." Just one time she made an exception, in the late 1970s, when she donned a valuable 1910-era dress for an event. She recalls, "All I could think was, ‘What if someone spills on me?’"
Pictured above is a piece from Sandy’s collection, an Yves Saint Laurent outfit that Claudia Cardinale wore in 1963’s The Pink Panther.