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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 Vintage Black and Orange Rayon Crepe Dress
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1940s Vintage Black and Orange Rayon Crepe Dress SZ S

This striking dress late 1940s dress is a deep black rayon crepe with a high contrast orange crepe sleeve, yoke and gathered drape. The bodice has deep armscyes and a wrap over front with back neck zipper. The skirt has an asymmetric draped and tucked front skirt with a hem length floating swag. Back metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Dress: Bust: 35", Waist: 26", Hips: 39", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 25", CB Neck to Waist: 16.5", Waist to Hem: 32", Hem Sweep: 46".


Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

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1940s Vintage Turquoise Blue Lace and Crepe Gown
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1940s Vintage Turquoise Blue Lace and Crepe Gown SZ M/L

The color on this is glorious! This 1940s gown is turquoise blue rayon tissue faille crepe with a lace yoke. The cap sleeve bodice is appliqued onto the yoke and has soft waist tucks front and back. The asymmetric skirt comes with a curved side yoke, front pleated peplum drape and pleated side skirt. There will be lots of skirt movement with this one. Side metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Dress: Bust: 41", Waist: 31", Hips: 42", Shoulders: 15.5", CB Neck to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 41", Hem Sweep: 58".


Condition: Excellent. No holes, two small brown spots at hem that fall into the folds of the drape.

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1950s Vintage Tonal Blue Wool Sheath Dress by Anne Fogarty
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1950s Vintage Tonal Blue Wool Dress by Anne Fogarty SZ S

This chic little sheath dress is beautifully cut from a graded striped wool working from navy at the neckline to true blue by the waist. The fabric is woven in blue and black, with additional white pinstripes for accent. The sleeves are cut to match for a consistent look/. There is no waist seam, this is a classic fitted and darted sheath dress. Back skirt kick pleat and back metal zipper to close.

Label: Anne Fogarty Margot

Size: Dress: Bust: 34", Waist: 25.5", Hips: 38", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 22.5", CB Neck to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 29.5", Hem Sweep: 44".

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

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 Vintage 1950s Painted Silk Chiffon Evening Dress in Cream
Order #D2662
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Vintage 1950s Painted Silk Chiffon Evening Dress in Cream SZ XS

What a lovely effect. The hand painting on the bodice, skirt and scarf end is truly charming. This strapless evening dress has a very long scarf attached at the right side neckline with shirring. It's long enough and wide enough to be worn as a shawl wrap or around the neck as a scarf. The bodice is boned at the side backs and has a V point at the waist. The gathered skirt is circular. The dress is lined in cream taffeta. Side metal zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Bust:31", Waist: 25", Hips: 42", Side Front Neckline to Waist: 10.5", Waist to Hem: 37". Hem Sweep of lining: 90", of Skirt: circular.

Condition: Cleaned. There are no holes, but there are several small scattered tan spots and tan staining as shown at the scarf and bodice join.

Price: $130  
 1950s Purple and White Floral Silk Print Vintage Cocktail Dress
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1950s Purple and White Floral Silk Print Vintage Cocktail Dress SZ S

I am so happy when I find purple! One of my favorite colors. This cocktail dress has a fitted, draped midriff, a fold over swag at the waist, a very wide square neckline and a straight skirt. The bodice has 3/4 sleeves. A pretty dress, and fully lined in white taffeta. Center back metal zipper to close. This was most likely dressmaker made.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 39", Waist: 27", Hips: 39", Shoulders: approx. 16", Sleeves: approx. 18", Shoulder to Waist: 16.5", Waist to Hem: 24.5", Hem Sweep: 42".

Condition: Clean. No holes, no stains.

Price: $125  
1960s Red, Blue and Gold Plaid Shirtwaist Dress
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1960s Red, Blue and Gold Plaid Shirtwaist Vintage Dress SZ S

This cute 1960s shirtwaist is a Dacron & rayon blend with a large scale plaid in reds, purples, blues, golds and olives. The front has a hidden button placket, with is a fold over collar shirt cuffed sleeves and a pleated dirndl skirt. The waist is cinched with a matching belt with brass tone buckle.

Label: 65% Dacron Polyester 35% Avril Rayon

Size: Bust: 39", Waist: 27", Hips: Full, Shoulders: 15.5", CB Neck to Waist: 15.75", Waist to Hem: 23.5". Hem Sweep: 80".

Condition: Clean. No holes, no stains.

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1970s Red, Grey, Gold & Black Striped Knit Vintage Dress
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1970s Red, Grey, Gold & Black Striped Knit Vintage Dress SZ M

This fun stripe from the 1970s is a festival of red, grey, gold and black. This knit has some stretch and is cut as an easy sheath. There is a faux front placket with two large buttons and simple collar and gently eased 3/4 sleeves with two button cuffs. Center back nylon coil zipper to close.

Label: none

Size: Bust:38 ", Waist: 36", Hips: 41", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 20", Neck to Hem: 42.5", Hem Sweep: 52".

Condition: Clean. No holes, no stains. The cuff buttons have been replaced.

Price: $35  
 Vintage 1960s Red Alfred Shaheen Hand Print Maxi Dress
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Vintage 1960s Red Alfred Shaheen Hand Print Maxi Dress SZ M

We found two Shaheen's recently. Things run in threes, so we are waiting for one more! This handprinted Shaheen full length maxi or hostess dress is in the Mandarin style with a coordinating tasseled sash. The fabric is a polyester/nylon shantung sheer in a true red, with a complex old gold and white pattern. The front closes with covered buttons and the body of the dress is interlined in orange taffeta, while the sleeves are left sheer.

Label: Alfred Shaheen California HawaiiandMade in USA 91% Polyester 9% Nylon

Size: Labeled a Size 10. Bust: 37", Waist: 32", Hips: 41", Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 23", Center back to Hem: 55", Hem Sweep: 54".

Condition: Clean and fresh. No holes, no stains. Has been hemmed up 1.5", could be let down.

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1970s Yellow Alfred Shaheen Hand Print Vintage Maxi Dress
Order #D2677
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1960s Yellow Alfred Shaheen Hand Print Vintage Maxi Dress SZ S

We found two Shaheen's recently. Things run in threes, so we are waiting for one more! This handprinted Shaheen full length maxi or hostess dress is in a shirtwaist style with a two button front and flared skirt. The bodice has darts to fit and an open collar with long points. The fabric is a polyester/nylon shantung sheer in a soft yellow, with a lovely floral print in tangerine, olive, blue and white. The front closes with covered buttons and the body of the dress is interlined in yellow taffeta, while the sleeves are left sheer.

Label: Alfred Shaheen California HawaiiandMade in USA 91% Polyester 9% Nylon

Size: Labeled a Size 8. Bust: 36", Waist: 26", Hips: 46", Shoulders: 15.5", Sleeves: 22", Center back to Waist: 15.5", Waist to Hem: 39", Hem Sweep: 72".

Condition: Clean and fresh. No holes, no stains on exterior. One spot on interior facing at hem.

Price: $65  
1940s Black Figured Rayon Satin Dinner Dress SZ M/L
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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
Vintage 1950s Gold Lame Brocade Cocktail Dress
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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
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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.

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1960s Vintage Black Beaded Crepe Slim Cocktail Dress

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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
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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.

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1970s Vintage Golden Yellow Watercolor Print Maxi Dress

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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1950s Beautiful Blue Printed Silk Vintage Shirtwaist Dress
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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.

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