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Vintage Dresses & Gowns
The Vintage Dresses & Gowns department contains all our Vintage Day, Party and Evening Dresses and Gowns from the 1920s to 1970s.
For pre 1920s Dresses,please visit Victorian and Edwardian Fashion


1940s Black Figured Rayon Satin Dinner Dress SZ M/L
Order #D2635
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1940s Black Figured Rayon Satin Dinner Dress SZ M/L

Despite its first impression as an older woman's dress, this is one plunging neckline. The jacquard fabric has a wonderful Deco swirl pattern. The soft bodice has modified gigot sleeves, shirring at the shoulder and shirring at the waist of the skirt. This closes at center front. The neckline and wrist are finished with two pleated frills; one black, one cream with picot edge.  There are shoulder pads, and there would have been a belt.

Label: Styled for Dorian

Size: Labeled a 16. Bust: 40", Waist: 30", Hips: 50", Shoulders: 15.5", Sleeves: 26" inc. frill, CB Neck to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 39", Hem Sweep: 70".

Condition: Some age spotting to the cream neckline frill as shown.

Price: $85
1960s Lilli Diamond Print Chiffon Party Dress
Order #D2653
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1960s Lilli Diamond Print Chiffon Party Dress SZ S

This 1960s print crinkle chiffon party dress has a lovely print in blues, greens, white and periwinkle with white line drawings of flowers. The bodice is draped and gathered across the front, while the back is shirred into a V at the back zipper. The skirt is gathered throughout over and white taffeta lining. Nylon coil center back zipper to close.

Label: Original Lilli Diamond of California

Size: Bust: 34", Waist: 25", Hips: free, Shoulder to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 21", Hem Sweep: Lining: 92", chiffon 116".

Condition: Excellent. No stains or holes.

Price: $65

Order #D2666
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Ladies Vintage 1920s Blue and Cream Print Silk Dress SZ M

This charming silk dress from the 1920s is made up of a border print with a graduated flower motif. I love the effect. The sleeves have the large scale blue daisy and cream border, while the dress has the small-scale print bodice, switching to the large scale for the skirt. The front skirt has a pleated inset of the small scale. The front of the dress has a long, long opening from the collar to the high hip. This is backed by a solid cream silk modesty piece. This is a light and breezy silk crepe de chine.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 40", Low Waist: 41", Hips: 42", Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 22.5", CB Neck to Hem: 44", Hem Sweep: 52".

Condition: Excellent with no holes. There is soiling at the neckline of the bodice insert as shown. In the photo of the back, the flesh tone of the mannequin is darkening the dress as the shoulder blades. There is no discoloration there.

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Order #D2667
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Vintage 1920s White Gauze with Lace Summer Dress SZ M

This sweet cotton summer dress from the 1920s has lovely lace insertion and gathered ruffles. The front has an asymmetric bodice with snap closures, a pretty rollover collar and a small motif of machine embroidery. The elbow length sleeves are finished with the lace and a wide hem. The gently gathered skirt hangs from a scalloped waistline set with a wider band of the lace. We show this without a slip, as it is quite sheer, it will need a slip or underlayer.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 42", Low Waist: 42", Hips: Free, Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 15", CB Neck to Low Waist: 21", Neck to Hem: 40.5", Hem Sweep: 44".

Condition: Washed and pressed. The fabrics has quite a few picks and tiny holes. We show some of them - there are more. The hem had been basted in. There are indications of machine sewing. We have re-set the hem length to what appears to be the original length by hand. There are two 5/8" darns in the skirt at the hip as shown.One small tan spot on skirt.

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Vintage 1950s Gold Lame Brocade Cocktail Dress
Order #D2665
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Vintage 1950s Gold Lame Brocade Cocktail Dress SZ M

This classy lame brocade sleeveless cocktail or dinner dress has a round neckline, draped bodice with a shirred back and a sweetheart neckline at the back. The skirt is flared with waist pleats and has lovely movement. The front is fitted with seaming and darts as shown. The bodice is interlined in taffeta and the skirt is lined in satin crepe. Center back metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 35", Waist: 28", Hips: 40", Shoulders: 15", Shoulder Neck to Waist: 16.5", Waist to Hem: 26.5", Hem Sweep: Lining: 52", Skirt: 90".

Condition: Clean and steamed. There is a grouping of faint spots at the neckline as shown. No holes or mends.

Price: $75
Vintage 1950s White Lace Circle Skirt and Top Patio Set
Order #D2654
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Vintage 1950s White Lace Circle Skirt and Top Patio Set SZ M


This wonderful summer 1950s patio set has a slip-on top with wide neckline flounce (with ribbon drawstring) and short sleeves. It is not fitted. The circle skirt has a back-metal zipper and ribbon waist stay. And it's all in rows and rows of white lace. Try different color slips under this for variety. And the belt possibilities are endless. Center back metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Top: Bust: 36", Waist: 44", Shoulder to Hem: 20".
Skirt: Waist: 30", Hips: Free", Waist to Hem: 29", Hem Sweep: Circular.

Condition: Washed and steamed. No holes.

Price: $75
1960s Vintage Black Beaded Crepe Slim Cocktail Dress

Order #D2663
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1960s Vintage Black Beaded Crepe Slim Cocktail Dress SZ S

This slim 1960s party or cocktail dress is black crepe with a marquisette yoke and beaded bodice and collar. The collard yoke drops well off the shoulder with a short sleeve. The glass bead and sequin bodice is darted, with a deep, shaped tuck at the waistline over the tucked straight skirts. Dress closes with a zip at the center back.

Label: none

Size: Labeled a size 8. Bust: 34", Waist: 25.5", Hips: 38", Shoulders: approx. 14", CB Neck to Waist: 15", Waist to Hem: 23", Hem Sweep: 38".

Condition: Clean no holes or stains. Beading is intact. Dress has been hemmed up 1.5"for a total 4" hem.

Price: $65
1960s Vintage Green Shimmer Brocade Cocktail or Party Dress
Order #D2664
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1960s Vintage Green Shimmer Brocade Cocktail or Party Dress SZ XS

This classic 1960s party dress is in a green and aqua fancy brocade with a lot of shimmer. The front bateau neckline evolves into a deep U back with wide set straps and a sweet keeper tie across the back. The gathered dirndl skirt is moderately full with a piped waistline. A pretty and wearable dress from a fine store. The dress closes with a zip at the center back.

Label: Bonwit Teller

Size: Bust: 34", Waist: 24", Hips: Free, Shoulders: approx. 14", Shoulder to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 21.5", Hem Sweep: 59".

Condition: Clean no holes or stains.

Price: $65
1960s Vintage Black Lace Strapless Evening Gown Dress with Ribbon Trim

Order #D2661
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1960s Vintage Black Lace Strapless Evening Gown Dress with Ribbon Trim SZ XS

This 1960s black lace evening gown is strapless with a deep hem flounce for that tulip silhouette. The lace is really set off by two green and pink silk satin ribbons running vertically down the bodice and skirt under the lace and ending at the neckline in loops and at the flounce in a bow with streamers. The bodice is boned with a side nylon zipper. The entire dress is either interlined or lined in black taffeta. The flounce edge is stiffened with back horsehair braid.

Label: Nona Original New York

Size: Bust: 32", Waist: 24.5", Hips: 36", CF Neckline to Waist: 11", Waist to Hem: 37", Hem Sweep of ruffle: 160".

Condition: Clean. There are small splits to the lace on the bodice and stress wear to the lace at the zipper as shown. The side had been taken in at the zip, and this has been restored to the larger size and set in by hand.

Price: $150
1970s Vintage Deep Blue Velvet Maxi Dress

Order #D2658
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1970s Vintage Deep Blue Velvet Maxi Dress SZ S

This 1970s deep blue rayon velvet maxi dress formal is in the Edwardian Romantic style with Empire waist, stand collar, long sleeves and deep lace wrist flounce. The dress is fitted in with a barrow rouleau waist tie and has a straight skirt with moderate sweep. It closes center back with a nylon zipper

Label: by Lorrie Deb San FranciscoSize: Bust: 34", Under bust: 27", Hips: 40", Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 22.5", CB Neckline to High Waist: 11", High Waist to Hem: 42", Hem Sweep: 64".

Condition: Clean. No stains or holes.

Price: $75
1970s Vintage Red Floral Print Voile Maxi Dress

Order #D2659
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1970s Vintage Red Floral Print Voile Maxi Dress SZ S

This early 1970s peasant blouse inspired tomato red crisp voile dress has a mini print of pink, white, chartreuse yellow and green flowers. The high necked bodice has a ruffles collar, blouson sleeves and a wide smocked midriff on elastic. The wrists are elastic as well. The gathered skirt has a waist flounce that echoes the collar. It closes center back with a nylon zipper

Label: Saks Fifth Avenue

Size: Bust: 37", Waist: stretches up to 28", Hips: Free, Shoulders: 15". Sleeve: 22.5", CB neckline to Waist: 15", Waist to Hem: 38", Hem Sweep: 84".

Condition: Clean. No stains or holes.

Price: $75
1970s Vintage Golden Yellow Watercolor Print Maxi Dress

Order #D2660
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1970s Vintage Golden Yellow Watercolor Print Maxi Dress SZ S

This 1977 sheer watercolor print maxi dress is in a polyester chiffon with taffeta lining. The front bodice is lightly shaped with multiple pin tucks that release into the skirt at the front. There is a back waist seam with a tie. The skirt is gored and flared. The unlined blouson sleeves have a wide cuff. It closes center back with a nylon zipper.

Label: None. Home sewn.

Size: Bust: 33", Waist: 28", Hips: 44", Shoulders: 14.5", Sleeves: 23.5", Shoulder to Waist: 16.5", Waist to Hem: 43", Hem Sweep: 136".

Condition: Clean. No stains or holes.

Price: $65
1920s Vintage White Voile Day Dress
Order #D2634
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1920s Vintage White Voile Day Dress SZ S

This sweet early 1920s day dress is a sheer cotton voile with self-ruffles for interest. The sleeves bodice is cut quite straight, with a dropped waist and a gathered skirt. The ruffles are used to finish the armholes, the V neckline and then again in 4 groups of three on the skirt. There is no closure e- this is a drop over dress. We show this over a non-period slip, which will be included.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 36", Low Waist: 36", Hips: 52", Shoulders: 16", CB Neck to Low Waist: 17", Neck to Hem: 42", Hem Sweep: 56".

Condition: Good, with an underlay and mend at the right shoulder and small holes on the left, all as shown.No stains or spots.

Price: $85
1960s Mod Orange Barathea Dress by Nat Kaplan
1960s Mod Orange Barathea Dress by Nat Kaplan SZ S

The coloring on this dress is brilliant! Orange with green and metallic gold paisleys throughout this one won't go unnoticed in the crowd. The wrap over front is sleeveless, with a wide belt and a ball button loop closure all the way down the skirt. The hem slit can be buttoned all the way down, or opened up to 12". The side belt closes at the venter back with hooks. It's currently at about 8: up from the hem. The dress is fully interlined and the nylon zipper is hand set.

Labels:Nat Kaplan New York and ILGWU 1963 - 1972

Size: Bust: 36", Waist: 29", Hips: 42", CB Neck to Waist: 15.5", Waist to Hem: 22", Hem Sweep: 48".

Condition: Excellent. The belt has been extended at the back with matching material.

Price: $99
1970s Vintage Silk Hot Tropical Pink Halter Maxi Dress
1970s Vintage Silk Hot Tropical Pink Halter Maxi Dress SZ S

This simple halter dress is a wonderful use of a stunning big tone on tone tropical floral print. The fabric is a silk shantung, and is interlined throughout. The halted neckline is curved with an empire seam and the skirt is gently flared to the hem. CB nylon coil zipper and a bone in the narrow bodice at the back as well. There are tapes inside to slide over a strapless bra.

Label: Boutique Chantal

Size: Bust: 35", Underbust: 32", Waist: 32", Hips: 42", Side Underbust to Hem: 45", Approx. Shoulder to Hem: 59", Hem Sweep: 67".

Condition: Excellent.

Price: $85
1950s Vintage White Dress with Caribbean Calypso Novelty Embroidery
Order #D2213
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1950s Vintage White Dress with Caribbean Calypso Novelty Embroidery SZ S/M


One more from my personal stash. This shirtwaist style summer dress is white rayon in a linen weave with full covered button front and gently eased skirt. The front is fully decorated with bands of brightly colored embroidered Jamaican/Barbadian? Calypso musicians and palm trees. The bands are framed with pulled work. It's a wonderful summer dress. I show it with a modern red patent belt that will be included.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 37", Waist:31",Hips: 45", Shoulders: 15.5", CB Neck to Waist: 15.75", Waist to Hem: 23", Hem Sweep: 50"

Condition: Clean, no spots or stains or holes. This has been altered to let out the sides seams. There is a slight trace of the crease still.

Price: $125
1950s Vintage Rose Pink Satin and Net Party Dress by Perullo David Hart
1950s Vintage Rose Pink Satin and Net Party Dress by Perullo David Hart SZ S

This highly detailed satin and net party dress is lovely. The neckline and overskirt edges are scalloped, the back skirt is tiers of net, the waist seam is piped, and the stains is machine embroidered in metallic pink and cream, And there's a taffeta lining with horsehair braid on the hem. The fitted bodice has an off the shoulder neckline and boning at the side fronts and side back. David Hart was apparently a maker of dance and party dresses from the late 40 to early 60s.

Label: Perullo David Hart

Size: Dress: Bust: 36", Waist: 26", Hips: Free, Shoulder to Waist: 16.5", Waist to Hem: Front: 31", Back: 33". Hem Sweep: Very Full

Condition: Dry-cleaned, no holes. There are two areas of tan small spots as shown on the sides of the overskirt.These fall into the folds. There is a discreet mend at the right armhole as shown.

Price: $185
1950s Vintage Pink and Watermelon Print Cotton Party Dress SZ S
Order #D2618
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1950s Vintage Pink and Watermelon Print Cotton Party Dress SZ S

This charming dress in a sweet, soft cotton print has a lovely bateau neckline and a deep V back. The soft, cap sleeve bodice has a wide, attached wrap sash. We wrapped it twice around the waist, but it would also do well tied once and the long ends hanging. The long, full skirt has loads of tiny knife pleats at the waist. Center back metal zipper to close.

Label: A five-thirty p.m. fashion

Size: Bust: 38", Waist: 27", Hips: Full, Shoulders: 15" - 16", Shoulder to Waist: 17", Waist to Hem: 30.5", Hem Sweep: 117".

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

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1950s Beautiful Blue Printed Silk Vintage Shirtwaist Dress
Order #D2522
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1950s Beautiful Blue Printed Silk Vintage Shirtwaist Dress SZ M

The photos don't do this breezy dress justice. The fabric is brilliant and wonderful. I think it's a Persian influenced black printing blues pinks and greens. The bodice had a button front, wide self belt and kimono cut sleeves. The full skirt has inverted box pleats. Size metal zipper to close. d.

Label: McArthur Ltd & ILGWU 1955 - 63label

Size: Labeled a 14. Bust: 37", Waist: 28", Hips: full, Shoulders: approx 16", Sleeves: 13", CB Neck to Waist: 16.75", Waist to Hem: 27", Hem Sweep: 108".

Condition: Excellent, clean with no holes, spots or stains.

Price: $105
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