An haute couture collection belonging to British journalist and fashionista Suzy Menkes will be sold off in an online auction in July by Christie's, the London-based auction house said.

The online auction, which is being marketed as "IN MY FASHION: The Suzy Menkes Collection," will take place July 11-22.

"Comprising just over 80 lots, the collection features an inspiring array of dresses, coats, skirts, tops, jackets and accessories by a cross spectrum of the most revered names in fashion from Ossie Clark and Emilio Pucci, to Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Lacroix," Christie's said in a statement.

The 70-year-old Menkes has served as the fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune since 1988.

"I have never thrown anything out of my wardrobe since 1964. If I had a large open space in my home, I would dedicate it, like an art gallery, to my collection. But there is something sad about clothes laid in a tomb of trunks. They need to live again and this auction provides the opportunity for them to walk out in the sunshine, to dance the night away and to give someone else the joy that they gave to me," Menkes said.

Menkes was awarded an Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to journalism in 2005 and was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur the same year in France.

"There are some people who seem to see further than others and Suzy Menkes is one of those. Whenever you speak to her - on the occasion of the Anna Piaggi and Daphne Guinness sales, for example - you always get something beyond the ordinary run of conversation. You can always rely on her to put a collection into context and see beyond the hype," Christie's fashion department director Pat Frost said. EFE