AUTHENTIC VINTAGE DRESSES

ALL ABOUT EVE Dress

 

 

Sophisticated All About Eve Couture (Talbot Runhof) strapless feathered pinstripe evening dress from the early 1990s.

 

Description

In 1991 the two designers Johnny Talbot (American) and Adrian Runhof (German) met in Munich and initially founded the label All About Eve Couture, which was mainly known for modern evening wear. The rapid growth of All About Eve Couture and the problematic name of the brand – there was already a perfume under the same name – caused the label to be renamed Talbot Runhof in 2000. 

 

Never going too far, but always going far enough: this is the philosophy of Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof. This motto is also reflected in the collections of the designer duo. Each creation has special features and details that are nevertheless always fitting for a grand entrance. Precious fabrics are combined with exquisite couture techniques. Each evening dress from Talbot Runhof is unique. Whether classic fabrics or innovative high-tech fibres, Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof are always on the lookout for new textile challenges.

 

Here we have a stunning early 1990s strapless evening dress from the All About Eve Couture label. The designers combined the utmost simplicity in this gown and used the pinstriped black fabric and – above all – the feather accentuated bust to create the statement. It is such an amazing contrast between the masculine fabric and the feminine feathers!

 

The dress is cut straight with an alluring high center back slit. The strapless bodice features a built in inner corset to keep it in place. It is boned and finishes a bit above the hip.

The bust is highlighted by that flamboyant line of fabulous, glossy and partly iridescent feathers in autumn colours such as russet, cinnamon and moss-green. This feather line is actually a separate piece on its own that snaps into place and I have provided photos of the dress with and without it. I love how the longer feathers flatter the neckline and seesaw when you move. Very well constructed with hand finishes throughout.

 

When I met Johnny Talbot few months ago in his boutique in Munich I showed him the pictures of this dress and he remembered it at first sight. Talking about this and that and about the fabulous feathers he told me that they are from the atelier of the mother of his design partner Adrian Runhof and date back to the 1970s.

 

The dress is lined with a black silky rayon and closes with a back hidden set zipper. Labeled "ALL ABOUT EVE COUTURE".

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. All feathers are full and glossy.

 

Size & Fit

Bust: 90 cm – 35.43" (with a B cup room built in)

Waist: 77 cm – 30.34" (measured inside the corset)

Hips: 100 cm –39.37" (measured inside the corset)

Length: 134 cm – 52.76" (measured from top of bodice to hem)

Slit: 66 cm – 26" (from hem up)

 

Measurements are taken flat across from side seam to side seam and then DOUBLED for bust, waist and hips. 

 

Approximate Modern Size: M

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KAMAL Bustier, Skirt & Wrap

 

 

Flamboyant 1980s Kamal Munich three-piece silk dress set of a bustier, skirt and wrap.

 

Description

This amazing 1980s three-piece dress set was made by Kamal Haute Couture in Munich. It consists of a bustier top, a skirt and a wrap or sash made from a wonderful shocking pink and emerald green dupioni silk. The fabric has a subtle iridescent metallic sheen to it that catches the light so that the entire dress shimmers at your slightest movement. It is quite light but do hold the intended shape of the skirt fabulously.

 

The bustier is cut with a strapless, sweetheart neckline and hugs the body. It is elaborately gathered at the front with hand placed and gathered folds and closes with a row of hooks and eyes. The high-waisted knee-length skirt features three tiers and a wide waistband. It is lined in the same silk fabric and closes with a center back zip and two fabric covered buttons.

 

The set comes with a matching silk wrap or sash that is in the same vibrant pink as the bustier. You could style it a variety of ways. Having the three separate pieces makes the set very versatile because you can wear it all together for the full look, or mix and match with modern pieces from your wardrobe. It is beautifully made and wonderfully extravagant.

 

Labeled "Kamal Haute Couture En Soie Munich" and tagged a German vintage size 38.

 

Condition

This set is in excellent vintage condition. Appears to have been worn very little, if at all.

 

Size &Fit

Bustier

Bust: circa 80 cm – 31.49" (side seam to side seam)

Waist: 71 cm – 27.95"

Length: 24 cm – 9.44“ (center front) / 18 cm – 7.08" (center back)

 

Skirt

Waist: 69 cm – 27.16"

Hips: open

Length: 62,5 cm – 24.60"

 

Wrap

Depth: 35 cm – 13.77"

Length: 103 cm – 40.55" to 119 cm – 46.85"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then DOUBLED for bust and waist.

 

Approximate Modern Size: S

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LOUIS FERAUD Dress

 

Elegant long pleated chiffon evening dress by Louis Féraud from the 1970s.

 

Description

By the 1970s The House of Louis Féraud was well established and in 1978 the couturier won the prestigious "Golden Thimble Award". This dress comes direct from a client who purchased it in and around that same time period in Munich, Germany.

 

This is an elegant and beautiful 1970s Louis Féraud evening dress and the colour of it is a marvelous cornflower blue! The sheer impact of that vivid colour from head to toe together with the impression of dresses of the ancient Greeks is all drama.

 

The dress is made out of a light chiffon and a masterpiece of pleat work. The vertically pleated bodice has a deep V-neck and goes down into a wide band at the waist where the pleats have been placed horizontally for a bit of visual impact. Below that the pleated skirt flares out with lots of movement. The sleeves are cut to pouf above the wide horizontally pleated cuffs and close with three fabric covered domed buttons. They are unlined so that you get a touch of transparency through the pleated chiffon.

 

Bodice and skirt are lined with a matching coloured silky rayon. The dress closes with a center back set zipper. Labeled "Louis Féraud Paris" and tagged a German vintage size 36.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. Two atomic holes on the right sleeve that get lost in the pleats. Only mentioned for accuracy. Professionally cleaned and pressed by hand.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 39 cm – 15.35" (from shoulder seam to shoulder seam)

Bust: 80 cm – 31.49" (measured across under the arms)

Waist: 60 cm – 23.62"

Hips: 99 cm – 39" (lining; chiffon skirt free)

Sleeve Length: 66 cm – 25.98"

Length: 140 cm – 55.11" (measured from shoulder to hem)

 

Measurements are taken flat across from side seam to side seam and then DOUBLED for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Size: XS

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OSCAR DE LA RENTA Gown

 

 

Magical gold brocade gown with sable fur trim by Oscar de la Renta from c. Fall 1970.

 

Description

Oscar de la Renta once stated, "Magical stories about Russia … fed my imagination and made me dream". In 1967 the designer won the Coty American Fashion Critics Award which honored a collection that included Russian-inspired brocaded gowns trimmed in fur, recalling the opulent court of Catherine the Great. “The handsome, dark-haired designer’s ready-to-wear efforts have been hailed as almost-couture, particularly his recently shown fall and winter collection,” reported The Times. “In it, Mr. de la Renta ranged from the splendor of Imperial Russia..."

 

Here we have a fabulous and rare early 1970s Oscar de la Renta – very likely from his Ballets Russes-inspired Fall 1970 collection – metallic brocade gown trimmed in sable fur. It is not only very representative of his work during this time period but also a design that will become more important in course of time as pieces designed by Oscar de la Renta himself become more and more collectible.

 

This one comes direct from my couture client who lived in the United States at that time. She recalls to have worn this gown for her last hunting ball. As big landowners they hosted an annual Hubertus hunt with Jacqueline Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor amongst the illustrious guests.

 

The dress is incredibly beautiful and elegant! The fabric is a wonderful lustrous metallic gold brocade with accents in turquoise, orange and black. It is lighter in weight than you would think at first glance but heavy enough to hold and retain the shape that it should have. The cut is kept simple to allow that stunning fabric to take center stage. The skirt falls from the waist and flares out as it nears the hem. I love the hidden pockets that are along the side seams of the skirt. The flattering scoop neckline and each cuff is ringed with luxurious and rich black genuine sable fur. Fully lined in a light black silky rayon, the design closes at the back with a painted metal zipper and three hooks and eyes at the neck. Labeled "Oscar de La Renta boutique" and "Saks Fifth Avenue". Tagged a US vintage size 8.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent, museum quality condition. Has been worn very little.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 39 cm – 15.4" (from shoulder seam to shoulder seam)

Bust: 88 cm – 34.6"

Waist: 78 cm – 30.7"

Hips: open

Sleeve Length: 61 cm – 24" (including sable cuff)

Length: 145 cm – 57.1" (measured from shoulder to hem)

 

Measurements are taken flat and then DOUBLED for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Size:

S-M

 

Reference Photos: Designs from Oscar de la Renta's Russian-inspired collections featured at the "Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective" exhibition at de Young Museum, San Francisco, 2016 / Coat and dress ensemble from the designer's Fall 1968 collection as shown at "The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta" exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2017/18 / Oscar de la Renta advertising for Saks Fifth Avenue showing a dress in a similar fabric, Harper’s Bazaar, September 1970.

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ROBERTA DI CAMERINO Dress

 

 

Exceptional Roberta di Camerino wool jersey maxi dress from the 1970s.

 

Description

This characteristic Roberta di Camerino maxi dress termed "ZIG ZAG PANNELLO" on the still present original paper tag dates back to the 1970s. It comes directly from the Roberta di Camerino archive in Italy (see archive's stamp on picture 9) and is unworn.

 

The design shows a geometric, almost architectural, and instantly recognizable Roberta di Camerino illusion print pretending the dress to be a three-piece set of a blouse, some kind of wrap cardigan and a pleated zigzag motif skirt. This effect is called trompe l'oeil and means a "visual illusion in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object" (Oxford Dictionaries).

 

The dress has that perfect seventies cut of a fitted bodice with a pointed shirt collar and a floor-length skirt that flares out towards the hem. The main colors of red, green and blue with black accents are the signature Roberta di Camerino hues that Giuliana Coen Camerino often used in her designs. Here she added a wonderful plum shade that Iooks perfect with both the red and the green.

 

The bodice and the cuffs of the long sleeves close with the most amazing "R" embossed gold-toned metal signature buttons. Made from a high-quality and soft pure virgin wool jersey, the dress has some stretch. It is unlined and slips over the head. The label reads "Roberta di Camerino Made in Italy". Tagged an Italian vintage size 44.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. One tiny hole at the edge of the hem at the back, though only visible under close inspection (see close-up).

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 38 cm – 15" (from shoulder seam to shoulder seam)

Bust: 90 cm – 35.4" (bust darts; measured across under the arms; unstretched)

Waist: 78 cm – 30.7" (unstretched)

Hips: 94 cm – 37" (unstretched)

Sleeve Length: 59 cm – 23.2"

Length: 152 cm – 59.8" (measured from shoulder to hem)

 

Measurements are taken flat and then DOUBLED for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Size: M

 

Reference Photo: Roberta di Camerino advertising featuring creations in the designer's signature colors red, green and blue, 1968.

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PATRICK KELLY Dress

 

Eye-popping and collectable Fall 1989 colour-block wool knit dress by Patrick Kelly from his final runway collection.

 

Description

"“I want my clothes to make you smile” – that was the goal of African American fashion designer Patrick Kelly. He achieved this on the streets, nightclubs and runways of New York, Paris, and beyond in the heady 1980s. In the process, he became the first American and first Black designer to be voted into the Chambre Syndicale, a prestigious fashion association." – Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

This is one of a series of form fitting colour-block dresses Patrick Kelly did for his iconic and final Fall 1989 collection. A rare and highly collectible piece that will only increase in value.

 

The twin of this dress was shown in the exhibition "Patrick Kelly: A Retrospective" at Brooklyn Museum in 2004. Versions of it walked the runway in March 1989 and are held by numerous fashion museums. Please see the reference photos after the label shot.

 

Made of a black high-quality virgin wool knit the elegant, yet unpretentious, design with just the right amount of sexiness has vivid primary colour thick stripes running along a wide sash. Bright red, blue and yellow on a black base create a wonderful eye-popping contrast. The dress features a simple, figure-enhancing cut with skinny long sleeves and the sash being sewn to it across the waist and hips, then is free to throw over the shoulder.

 

The design has lightly padded shoulders, closes with a center back zip and is unlined. Ends just above the knee. The fabric does have some stretch and the measurements provided below are the comfortable range when laying flat. Made in France. Tagged a FR 44, CH/D 42, US 12, GB 16. Runs small. See measurements below.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition with a tiny, almost invisible, hole on the yellow stripe at the end of the sash. See close-up image 9. Otherwise appears to have been worn very little.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 46 cm – 18.11"

Bust: 90 cm – 35.43"

Waist: 74 cm – 29.13"

Hips: 90 cm – 35.43"

Sleeve length: 61 cm – 24.01"

Sash length: 148 cm – 58.26"

Length: 106 cm – 41.73"

 

Measurements for bust, waist and hips are taken flat across from side seam to side seam and then DOUBLED.

 

Modern Sizing Equivalent: M

 

Reference Photos: The twin of this dress as displayed at "Patrick Kelly: A Retrospective" at Brooklyn Museum in 2004 / Patrick Kelly Fashion Show, March 1989, Photo: Paul van Riel / Sister versions of this dress at Philadelphia Museum of Art

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LEONARD PARIS Dress

 

Stunning Leonard Fashion Paris signature geometric print silk jersey dress from the 1970s.

 

Description

This is a beautiful 1970s Leonard Fashion Paris jersey dress with one of their iconic vibrant geometric prints covering the top.

 

The dress has a fitted cut through bodice with a natural waistline and long, slim sleeves. It is made of the finest pure silk jersey featuring one of Leonard's beautiful signature geometric prints in various shades of pink, purple, cinnamon and chocolate brown. Love the beautifully designed border around neckline, waistline and cuffs!

 

Beneath the defined waist the skirt flares to a below-the-knee-length, made of a solid chocolate brown high quality "Tergal et Viscose" jersey with perfect drape. The design is unlined and closes at the center back with a hand set painted zipper. The fabric is signed throughout. Labeled "LEONARD FASHION PARIS Made in France". Tagged a vintage size "2. The fabric has stretch so the measurements below show the comfortable range.

 

Designer

Léonard was founded when Jacques Léonard asked Daniel Tribouillard in 1958 to join the company as the designer of a new business, Léonard Fashion. In 1968, Tribouillard presented his first collection of printed silk jersey dresses with a slogan emphasizing the lightness of the fabric: "The Léonard Dress: 150g of happiness". Only a few years later, the House began to produce silk scarves, ties and perfumes. Léonard is known for their vibrant coloured floral and geometric prints.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 41 cm – 16.14"

Bust: 84 cm – 33.07" (darts; unstretched)

Waist: 68 cm – 26.77" (unstretched; has a bit of stretch)

Hips: 102 cm – 40.15"

Sleeve length: 57 cm – 22.44"

Length: 107 cm – 42.12"

 

Measurements for bust, waist and hips are taken flat across from side seam to side seam and then DOUBLED.

 

Modern Sizing Equivalent: S

 

Reference Photo: Leonard Paris for Bergdorf Goodman Advertising, Vogue U.S., September 1973.

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ROBERTA DI CAMERINO Dress

 

 

Fabulous Roberta di Camerino trompe l'oeil maxi dress from the 1970s.

 

Description

This notice-me maxi dress by Roberta di Camerino termed "Dream" on the still present original paper tag dates back to the 1970s. It comes directly from the Roberta di Camerino archive in Italy (see archive's stamp on picture 10) and is unworn. 

 

The vibrant design shows a dynamic and instantly recognizable Roberta di Camerino illusion print of what could be either draped pleats or swirling flames on a vibrant orange to yellow gold gradient background starting from the bodice to the hem. This effect is called trompe l'oeil and means a "visual illusion in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object" (Oxford Dictionaries).

 

The dress has that perfect seventies cut with a V-neck with pointed collar and long sleeves with cuffs that close with the most amazing "R" embossed gold-toned metal buttons. The floor-length skirt flares out at the hem. Made from a high-quality polyester jersey of a good weight, the dress has some stretch. It is unlined and slips over the head. The label reads "Roberta di Camerino Made in Italy". Tagged an Italian vintage size 46.

 

Condition

New old stock. The Roberta di Camerino's archive stamp on the inside shows slightly through near the hem (see second last picture). Priced accordingly.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 42 cm – 16.53" (from shoulder seam to shoulder seam)

Bust: 96 cm – 37.79" (bust darts; measured across under the arms; unstretched)

Waist: 90 cm – 35.43" (unstretched)

Hips: 104 cm – 40.94" (unstretched)

Sleeve Length: 58 cm – 22.83"

Length: 155 cm – 61.02" (measured from shoulder to hem)

 

Measurements are taken flat and then DOUBLED for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Size: L

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LEONARD PARIS Maxi Dress

 

 

Stunning Leonard Fashion Paris signature floral print neck tie maxi dress from the 1970s.

 

Description

This is an elegant 1970s Leonard Fashion Paris maxi dress with one of their iconic vibrant floral prints covering the top. I love the flattering V-neckline with the signature contrasting trim that ends in ties that are finished with signed gold gilt tassel embellishments.

 

The dress has a fitted cut through bodice with a slightly low set waist and long, slim sleeves. It is made of the finest "mikado" silk jersey featuring one of Leonard's beautiful signature iris and bamboo prints in various shades of aqua, blue, green, purple and a contrasting dove grey on a jet black backdrop. The above mentioned contrasting trim runs around the waistline and the cuffs as well.

 

Beneath the defined waist the skirt flares to an ankle-length, made of a solid jet black first-class quality "can-can" jersey – 50% polyester, 50% viscose – with substantial weight and perfect drape. The design is unlined and closes at the center back with a hand set painted zipper. The fabric is signed throughout. Labeled "LEONARD FASHION PARIS Made in France". Tagged a vintage size "2.

The fabric has stretch so the measurements below show the comfortable range.

 

Designer

Léonard was founded when Jacques Léonard asked Daniel Tribouillard in 1958 to join the company as the designer of a new business, Léonard Fashion. In 1968, Tribouillard presented his first collection of printed silk jersey dresses with a slogan emphasizing the lightness of the fabric: "The Léonard Dress: 150g of happiness". Only a few years later, the House began to produce silk scarves, ties and perfumes. Léonard is known for their vibrant coloured floral prints.

 

Condition

The dress is in excellent vintage condition with slight discolouration under the arms. Gets lost in the print and does not distract from its beauty.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 41 cm – 16.14"

Bust: 87 cm – 34.25" (darts; unstretched)

Waist: 68 cm – 26.77" (slightly dropped; unstretched)

Hips: open

Sleeve length: 57 cm – 22.44"

Length: 136 cm – 53.54"

 

Measurements for bust and waist are taken flat across from side seam to side seam and then DOUBLED.

 

Modern Sizing Equivalent:

S–M

 

Reference photo: Leonard Paris advertising featuring a sister dress, c. 1970s.

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ROBERTA DI CAMERINO Dress

 

 

Fabulous trompe l'oeil "Hippie" maxi dress by Roberta di Camerino from 1976.

 

Description

This outstanding Roberta di Camerino maxi dress termed "Hippie" on the still present original paper tag dates back to 1976. It comes directly from the Roberta di Camerino archive in Italy (see archive's stamp on picture 9) and is unworn.

 

The design shows a quite unusual yet instantly recognizable Roberta di Camerino illusion print of black stitches and side pockets on a light green bodice that imitates the look of denim, a little darker green triangular yoke downwards the waist and a plain olive green skirt. This effect is called trompe l'oeil and means a "visual illusion in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object" (Oxford Dictionaries).

 

The dress has a V-neck with an open pointed collar, darts at bustline and long sleeves with cuffs that close with gold-toned metal logo buttons. It shows the signature logo "R" imprint on the upper part of both sleeves and a floor-length flared skirt. Made from a high-quality polyester jersey of a good weight, the dress has some stretch. It is unlined and slips over the head. The label reads "Roberta di Camerino Made in Italy". Tagged an Italian vintage size 46.

 

Condition

New old stock. The Roberta di Camerino's archive stamp on the inside of the hem does not show through.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 40,5 cm – 15.94" (from shoulder seam to shoulder seam)

Bust: 94 cm – 37" (bust darts; measured across under the arms; unstretched)

Waist: 86 cm – 33.85" (unstretched)

Hips: 94 cm – 37" (unstretched)

Sleeve Length: 61 cm – 24.01"

Length: 152 cm – 59.84" (measured from shoulder to hem)

 

Measurements are taken flat and then DOUBLED for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Size:

M–L

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LOUIS FÉRAUD Dress & Scarf

 

 

Eye-catching jersey mod maxi dress with matching scarf by Louis Féraud from c. 1970.

 

Description

This vibrant c. 1970 Louis Féraud maxi dress shows a clashing abstract mod pattern in various shades of pink, blue and purple.

 

It features a figure-hugging silhouette, a round neck, bust darts and long sleeves. The dress is made from a lightweight stretch jersey fabric that is signed throughout. It is unlined and fastens in the back with four pink spherical buttons. Very well "Made in Germany" and labeled "LOUIS FERAUD PARIS". Tagged a vintage size 42 (D).

 

The design comes with a matching long scarf that can be styled in various ways. Love how the scarf was tied as a head scarf à la piratess in the editorial shot that you see in picture 13. Very bohemian!

 

I am happy to have found documentation of versions of this dress. Please have a look at the last two pictures. One of them shows French singer and actress Françoise Hardy in Paris, c. 1970.

 

Condition

Both dress and scarf are in excellent vintage condition. Appears to be worn very litte, if at all.

 

Size & Fit

Dress

Shoulders: 37,5 cm – 14.76" (from shoulder seam to shoulder seam)

Bust: 90 cm – 35.43" (bust darts; measured across under the arms; unstretched)

Waist: 76 cm – 29.92" (unstretched)

Hips: 92 cm – 36.22" (unstretched)

Sleeve Length: 58 cm – 22.83"

Length: 154 cm - 60.62" (measured from shoulder to hem)

 

Scarf

Width: 23,5 cm – 9.25"

Length: 150 cm – 59.05"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then DOUBLED for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Size: M

 

Reference photos: Model wearing a similar Louis Féraud Maxi Dress with Scarf from his Spring/Summer 1970 Collection, Courtesy of AFP via Getty Images / Françoise Hardy in a similar Louis Féraud Maxi Dress, Paris. Photographed by Michael Holtz, c. 1970.

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EMILIO PUCCI Dress & Bag Set

 

 

Rare and incredibly beautiful c. 1968 Emilio Pucci signature print silk jersey dress and shoulder bag set.

 

Description

"By the early 1960s, Pucci prints, in the form of lightweight, easily packed silk jersey dresses, were tremendously popular with the international jet set. Not only were the prints exciting, but also the fit. Pucci's dresses were designed to highlight the body, lacking the rigid understructure of most 1950s dress designs. Widely copied at all price-points, the exuberant pattern and figure-skimming silhouette of a Emilio Pucci dress embodied the youthful, optimistic spirit that dominated the 1960s." Courtesy of FIDM Museum Blog, 2010

 

This rare and stunning c. 1968 Emilio Pucci set comprises a beyond beautiful silk jersey dress and a matching shoulder bag. The luxurious Italian-produced silk jersey displays one of Pucci's geometric signature prints in shades of turquoise, blue, lilac, purple, grey, black and white.

 

The same dress with a different print and in another colour scheme is part of the permanent collection of The Museum at FIT in NYC. Please see last picture.

 

The dress has a fitted bodice with bust darts, a round neckline and long full sleeves with wide cuffs. The bodice features a banded empire waistline and continues into a lightly gathered skirt. Love the decorative geometric border along collar, waist, sides, cuffs and hem!

 

The dress is unlined but it does have a fine cotton muslin interior border in white hand stitched in place around the collar and the waistband. It closes with a hand placed painted metal zipper at the center back and a hook and eye at the neck. The cuffs close with a row of fabric covered, hand placed snaps. Interior Petersham ribbon waistband. Hand finished throughout. The print is vivid and bright. The fabric does have slight stretch and is signed throughout. The label reads "EMILIO PUCCI FLORENCE – ITALY". Marked size: "10" (Vintage).

 

The matching square shoulder flap bag is covered in what appears to be silk twill featuring the same print of the dress. The flap is edged in black leather. The black leather shoulder strap is fixed with a unique designed silver-tone hardware that emphasizes the sleek and simple lines. The design consists of a single large compartment with a minor zipped side pocket inside and is lined in soft black leather. It closes with a hidden push-button. Stamped "Emilio Pucci MADE IN ITALY" inside.

 

This dress and bag set is hard to come by and a fantastic collector's piece.

 

Condition

Both dress and shoulder bag are in excellent vintage condition. Appear to be worn very little, if at all.

 

Size & Fit

Dress

Shoulders: 38 cm –15"

Bust: 88 cm – 34.6"

Empire Waist: 72 cm – 28.3"

Hips: 116 cm – 45.7"

Sleeve length: 65 cm – 25.6"

Length: 110 cm – 43.3"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then DOUBLED for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Size: S

 

Shoulder Bag

Length: 23,5 cm – 9.3"

Height: 22 cm – 8.7"

Depth: 1,5 to 6,5 cm – 0.6" to 2.6"

Strap: 32 cm – 12.6" (from the top of the bag)

Total height approx.: 55 cm – 21.7" (including strap)

 

Reference Photo: A 1968 Emilio Pucci dress from the permanent collection of The Museum at FIT, NYC.

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YVES SAINT LAURENT Dress

 

 

Sophisticated 1980s Yves Saint Laurent little black velvet dress.

 

Description

This YSL Saint Laurent rive gauche evening dress from the 1980s is made from a high quality black velvet – appears to be silk velvet – and features a sublime asymmetrical neckline giving prominence to the collarbone. An eye-catching rhinestone button closure up the left front adds a bit of sparkle to the design.

 

The dress has long sleeves with buttoned cuffs (working buttonholes), a padded right shoulder (the left one is unpadded as to the reduced design of the shoulder) and is fully lined. It has a wonderful scooped hem! Labeled "Saint Laurent Rive Gauche" and tagged a French vintage size 38.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. The velvet shows variations in the way the plush of the velvet lays so a couple of small areas catch the light differently. Not a true flaw but mentioned for accuracy.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 42 cm – 16.5" (approx.)

Bust: 94 cm – 37"

Waist: 84 cm – 33.1"

Hips: 96 cm – 37.8"

Sleeve length: 56 cm – 22"

Length: 104 cm – 40.9"

 

Measurements for bust, waist and hips are taken flat across from side seam to side seam and then DOUBLED.

 

Modern Sizing Equivalent: S

 

Reference photos: Linda Evangelista for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche A/W 1989 / Carla Bruni in Yves Saint Laurent, 1980s

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YSL Haute Couture Gown

 

 

Elegant documented Spring/Summer 1997 Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture evening gown.

 

Description

The twin of this Spring/Summer 1997 Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture gown belonged to French actress and muse to Yves Saint Laurent Catherine Deneuve. Her dress was sold together with a beaded evening bolero at Christie's for € 8.750 in Paris in January 2019 (see reference photo).

 

I love the Watteau blue colour and the sophisticated cut and line. The full length design is made of a high-quality crêpe and features a scoop neckline and long sleeves with small cuffs closed by a faux pearl button and a hidden snap. The dress has a natural slightly gathered waistline (fixed at the seam) and comes with a slim belt in matching fabric and lined in white smooth leather (signed "YVES SAINT LAURENT MADE IN FRANCE" and numbered 463).

 

The bodice is an amazing work of fashion design. It is unlined but consists of two layers of fabric that are fastened in the back with a very fine hand set hidden painted metal and nylon zipper each – the outer layer closes with an additional faux pearl button at the neck. Silk covered shoulder pads with bra strap fastenings. Sleeves are lined in matching silk chiffon.

 

The skirt has two hidden side pockets and is lined in a matching light blue silk charmeuse. The gown is finished to Haute Couture standards and entirely done by hand. The label reads "YVES SAINT LAURENT PARIS MADE IN FRANCE" and is numbered 072859.

 

Designer

Yves Saint Laurent was born in 1936 in Oran, Algeria and began his career as an assistant of Christian Dior. When Dior died in 1957, he became the artistic director. In 1962 he opened his own fashion house, and in 1966, he created his ready-to-wear line Rive Gauche. By the 1980s, Yves Saint Laurent was a true icon. He was the first living designer to receive a solo exhibition in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983.

"When you put something on from Yves Saint Laurent's couture, there is an immediate sensual experience: everything, no matter what it's made of, is always lined in silk. That detail is emblematic of his total attitude toward women. He wants to spoil them, to envelop them in the pleasure of his clothes", said Catherine Deneuve.

Saint Laurent died in 2008.

 

Condition

This Haute Couture gown is in excellent vintage condition. One hardly visible yellowish small spot at the front just above the belt that may come out with additional cleaning (see picture 4). Only visible under close inspection. The seam has been taken up but can be undone easily.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 41 cm – 16.1"

Bust: 99 cm – 39"

Waist: 88 cm – 34.6"

Hips: 114 cm – 44.9"

Length: 142 cm – 56"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Size: L–XL

 

Reference Photo Credits: The twin of our gown owned by Catherine Deneuve. Picture from Christie's auction catalogue, January 2019.

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AKRIS Dress

 

 

Flamboyant 1980s flamenco-inspired polka dot dress by Akris of Switzerland.

 

Description

Signature polka dot design silk dress in black, creme-white and bright red has been by Akris of Switzerland. This knee-length dress is inspired by traditional Andalusian flamenco dresses and features all the typical characteristics with its polka dot pattern – that is also a signature design of the house of Akris – and the asymmetrical double layered flounced hem with a bright red tulle accent that peeks out under the lower frill. The bodice has a straight, slightly fitted cut, a collarless round neckline and small shoulder pads that can be easily removed. The sleeves end just below the elbow. Bodice and sleeves are unlined whereas the skirt is lined in creme-white silk taffeta to give it more volume. The dress closes with a back zipper and a hook and eye at the neck and is labeled "Akris of Switzerland". It is tagged a German size 40 / French size 42 / US size 10.

 

Designer

Akris was founded by Alice Kriemler-Schoch with just one sewing machine in St. Gallen, Switzerland, in 1922. She started making polka-dot aprons. In 1945, her son Max followed her and built Akris up into a high-end fashion house known all over the world for a new kind of luxury – modern, feminine and discrete and couture-quality materials. Since the 1980s, his two sons have jointly run the company: Albert und Peter Kriemler. Akris has developed for dressing powerful women such as Condoleezza Rice, Diane Sawyer and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. Note that although the dress appears to have been worn very little, if at all, there is one pulled thread on the front of the upper layer of the skirt and few marks on the skirt's back that may come out with additional cleaning. None that detract or mar the presentation of the dress in any way but mentioned for accuracy. Priced accordingly.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 42 cm – 16.5" (seam to seam)

Bust: 96 cm – 37.8" (under the arms from side seam to side seam)

Waist: 84 cm – 33.1"

Hips: 100 cm – 39.4"

Sleeve length: 36 cm – 14.2" (measured from shoulder seam)

Length: 90 cm – 35.4" to 100 cm – 39.4"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Size: M(-L)

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YVES SAINT LAURENT Dress

 

 

Stunning Spring/Summer 1987 runway dress by Yves Saint Laurent.

 

Description

This documented strapless cocktail dress has been designed by Yves Saint Laurent for his Spring/Summer 1987 collection. It is constructed from black Point d'Esprit tulle, entirely pleated along the body with a large signature pink ruffle hem finish done in a linen-like fabric that holds the shape and volume while still being light in weight. The internal black cotton bodice features fastenings and boning for extra support and a hidden metal zipper up the left side with hook-and-eye closure. The dress ends just above the knee and is marked a French vintage size 42. Estimated modern size M.

Love the dramatic yet feminine effect at the same time!

 

Designer

Yves Saint Laurent was born in 1936 in Oran, Algeria and began his career as an assistant of Christian Dior. When Dior died in 1957, he became the artistic director. In 1962 he opened his own fashion house, and in 1966, he created his ready-to-wear line Rive Gauche. By the 1980s, Yves Saint Laurent was a true icon. He was the first living designer to receive a solo exhibition in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983. He died in 2008.

 

Condition

Excellent vintage condition. Appears to have been worn very little if at all.

 

Size & Fit

Bust: 84 cm - 33.1" (underarm to underarm)

Waist: 76 cm - 29.9"

Hips: 96 cm - 37.8"

Ruffle Width: 29 cm - 11.4“

Length: 80 cm - 31.5" (center top of bodice to hem)

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Size: M

 

Reference photo: S/S 1987 Yves Saint Laurent Runway

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ANDRÉ COURRÈGES Dress

 

Sophisticated sea green, c. early 1970s, mod dress by André Courrèges.

 

Description

This, c. early 1970s, minimalist André Courrèges belted dress features the characteristic clean cut and comes in a fresh sea green.

 

The design has a round neck, rounded shoulders and the signature Courrèges logo embroidered to the center front right below the neckline. A seam with an elastic band and a tie belt in matching fabric that is fixed at the back run around the waist. The dress finishes just below the knee and closes at the center back with a concealed zip and a hook and eye at the neckline.

 

It is made from a wool blend and fully lined. Labeled "Courrèges Paris Hyperbole Made in France" and tagged a vintage size 0. Dress number: 076420. Style number: 14104.

 

Designer

André Courrèges is known as 'Le Corbusier of Fashion'. He worked under Balenciaga for ten years. In 1961 he opened his own fashion house and began to develop a different look. The first of his 'space age' inspired collections was shown in 1964. From 1965 on until 1971 Courrèges launched three lines: Prototype (couture collection), Couture Future (made-to-order custom line) and Hyberbole (ready-to-wear range for the younger market).

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. One tiny tea coloured spot at the front near the hem that may come out with additional cleaning. Only visible under close inspection.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 43 cm - 16.9"

Bust: 86 cm - 33.8"

Waist: 68 cm - 26.8" (unstretched)

Hips: 96 cm - 37.8"

Length: 99 cm - 39"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Modern Sizing Equivalent:

up to S 

 

Reference Photos: Marella Agnelli wearing a Courrèges wool dress by Henry Clarke for Vogue, January 1967 / Model in Courrèges by Bert Stern for Vogue, March 1969. / Fashion editorial shot found on Pinterest.

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LOUIS FÉRAUD Dress

 

 

Exquisite 1980s Louis Féraud embellished velvet and satin cocktail dress.

 

Description

This is an elaborately beaded and sequined Louis Féraud black pure cotton velvet and vibrant coloured satin cocktail dress. The knee-length dress features an abstract designed bodice in pink, red, vibrant green, blue and purple satin that is appliquéd in beaded and sequined black stars and trimmed with various black ribbons and tassel beads. The long sleeves have a slightly gathered shoulder with small shoulder pads and bra strap fastenings. The waist nips in and the black cotton velvet skirt has a fitted pencil cut with a back vent. The dress is fully lined in black viscose satin and closes with a center back zip. It is labeled "Louis Féraud, Made in West-Germany" and tagged a DE 36 / US 6 / UK 10 / FR 38.

Well made and striking!

 

Designer

Louis Féraud opened his first boutique in the 1950s in Cannes. There he met Brigitte Bardot and after she wore one of his dresses in public, it started a run of Féraud. Later he moved to Paris where he opened a boutique in 1956. Louis Féraud belongs to the group of couturiers that are still influencing French fashion today.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. Appears to have been worn very little.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 40 cm – 15.7" (seam to seam)

Bust: 93 cm – 36.6"

Waist: 79 cm – 31.1"

Hips: 96 cm – 37.8"

Sleeve length: 55 cm – 21.7" 

Length: 95 cm – 37.4"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Size: S

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YVES SAINT LAURENT Gown

 

 

Exceptional 1978 silk taffeta blouse and skirt evening ensemble with flounces by Yves Saint Laurent.

 

Description

This is a rare and collectible iridescent olive green silk taffeta two-piece gown by Yves Saint Laurent from 1978. This Rive Gauche version would have been based on that Haute Couture gowns from the late seventies collection. The ensemble comprises of a tiered and flounced high waisted full length skirt that is 18 cm – 7" longer in the back. The skirt is full and yet light and has an incredible amount of fabric. The waist is cinched with a wide, attached sash in matching fabric that ties around the waist and is original to the set. The skirt has two side pockets, is unlined and closes with a side painted metal zipper. Tagged a French vintage size 40.

 

The blouse has a flounced collar edging and each cuff is also finished with a similar treatment. The sleeves feature gathered shoulders. I have included a photo (picture 9) of how the inner shoulder is constructed – additionally to a small shoulder pad there is a gathered pleated panel of fabric along the inner edge that gives a lift to the shoulder for a light take on a Victorian feel. The blouse closes with a hidden button at the neckline and two snap buttons at the waist. Tagged a French vintage size 40.

 

The set is also very versatile since it is separates and the pieces can be worn together and presents as a gown, or you may pair them up with other pieces in your wardrobe.

 

Please click to read the Museum at FIT article "Yves Saint Laurent's Rive Gauche Revolution" by Emma McClendon to get more insight in YSL's ready-to-wear line Rive Gauche.

 

Designer

Yves Saint Laurent was born in 1936 in Oran, Algeria and began his career as an assistant of Christian Dior. When Dior died in 1957, he became the artistic director. In 1962 he opened his own fashion house, and in 1966, he created his ready-to-wear line Rive Gauche. By the 1980s, Yves Saint Laurent was a true icon. He was the first living designer to receive a solo exhibition in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983. He died in 2008.

 

Condition

This gown is in excellent vintage condition. Tiny surface scuffs to the fabric here and there but nothing that stands out as a large flaw. One pulled thread on the left sleeve. All visible under close inspection only. No perspiration staining.

 

Size & Fit

Blouse

Shoulders: 40 cm – 15.7" (seam to seam)

Bust: 100 cm – 39.4"

Waist: 94 cm – 37"

Sleeve length: 56 cm – 22"

Length: 68 cm – 26.8" (center front), 73,5 cm – 26.8" (back)

 

Skirt

Waist: 71 cm – 28"

Hips: open

Length: 111 cm – 43.7" (from waist band to the shortest part of front hem), 129 cm – 50.8" (to the back hem)

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust and waist.

 

Approximate Modern Size: S-M

 

Reference Photo Credits: 1977 Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche ensemble. 1971-72 Yves Saint Laurent dresses. Both images found on Pinterest.

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JAMES GALANOS Dress

 

 

Amazing day to evening silk dress by James Galanos, probably late 1980s.

 

Description

This slightly fitted dress features a fabulous floral print in bright red and metallic gold against a black background. The upper part is crafted from silk satin, the lower part, starting from the hips downwards, is done in brocade with a gold lurex thread woven in. The two fabrics work wonderful together – the top fabric a feminine bold larger-sized floral design in silk satin that goes perfect with the heavy weight also floral but more demure patterned brocade that gives the dress structure and extra dimension. Note the perfection of how the brocade's pattern blend in the satin's (see photo 7). The neckline is kept to a simple scoop and the sleeves long and slim with a hand set zip at wrist. The dress is fully lined in black silk satin with piped silk satin finished interior seams and closes with a fine, painted metal, hand set zip at center back and a hook and eye at the back neck. It finishes just below the knee and is labeled "Galanos" and "Saks Fifth Avenue".

 

Designer

James Galanos was born 1924 in Philadelphia and, after graduation from the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York in 1943, he found work as a journeyman selling sketches to design houses. After working as an assistant to the designer Hattie Carnegie for a time he moved aged twenty to California, where he apprenticed himself to the costume designer Jean Louis at Columbia Studios and remained for the rest of his career. James Galanos embodied the concept that elegance is refusal and stuck to designing costly luxury clothing. Nancy Reagan once remarked of a Galanos dress that "you can wear one inside out, they are so beautifully made." He dressed the famous and the socially prominent among others Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich and Diana Ross. Galanos retired from fashion in 1998. He died in 2016.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. Seems unworn apart from a well done repair of a tear on the lining at the lower back. Not visible on the outside.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 39 cm – 15.4" (seam to seam)

Bust: 94 cm – 37"

Waist: 82 cm – 32.3"

Hips: 102 cm – 40.2"

Sleeve length: 58 cm – 22.8"

Length: 100 cm – 39.4"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Approximate Modern Sizes:

Germany (36)-38 / UK (10)-12 /

USA (6)-8

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ROBERTA DI CAMERINO Dress

 

 

Fabulous trompe l'oeil design belted dress by Roberta di Camerino from the 1970s.

 

Description

This pink and lobster-red belted polyester knit dress comes directly from the Roberta di Camerino archive in Italy (see archive's stamp on picture 8) and is therefore unworn. Dress and belt show an illusionistic print with black detailing adding to the idea of a fuller skirt in motion and a belt with stitches. This effect is called trompe l'oeil and means a "visual illusion in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object" (Oxford Dictionaries).

The fitted dress has an open collar, darts at bustline, long sleeves with buttoned cuffs with gold metal logo print buttons and a matching belt with a a gold metal buckle and four holes that runs through four belt loops in matching fabric that are sewed on slightly below the natural waist. It slips on over the head with no closure, is unlined and its label reads "Roberta di Camerino Made in Italy". The dress shows the signature logo "R" imprint on the right sleeve above the cuff and is tagged an Italian size 44. There is still the original paper tag with detailed information regarding the model's name, size and price: “Vestito (dress) Gabbiano, (size) 44, 160.000 Lira (price)“.

 

Designer

The house of Roberta di Camerino was founded by Giuliana Coen Camerino (1920-2002) in 1945 in Venice, Italy. The company's name is a combination of the name Roberta, taken from Giuliana Camerino's favourite song "Smoke gets in your eyes" and Camerino, her husband's surname. Giuliana Camerino was one of the first designers who created the idea of an easily recognizable status handbag. The neo-baroque style bags were produced of "Soprarizzo" velvet – originally used for furnishings – in the most beautiful and unusual colour combinations and clasps and studs created by the craftsmen of brass ornaments for gondolas. The result were truly revolutionary and unique bags. Already in 1956 Giuliana received the prestigious Neiman Marcus "Oscar of Fashion" Award. Further on the brand diversified its product range starting a clothing line characterized by high quality, simplicity and lightness. Trompe l'oeil prints of belts and buttons became Roberta di Camerino's signature designs. Her creations were loved by celebrities and royals all over the world, such as Grace Kelly, Princess Paola of Liegi, Elsa Maxwell and Isabella Rossellini.

 

Condition

This dress is unworn and in excellent vintage condition. Two production-related tiny slightly brighter spots on the sleeves – only noticeable if you know where they are. The Roberta di Camerino's archive stamp on the inside of the hem does not show through.

 

Size & Fit

Dress

Shoulders: 37 cm – 14.6" (seam to seam)

Bust: 82 cm – 32.3" (unstretched)

Waist: 78 cm – 30.7" (unstretched)

Hips: 99 cm – 39" (unstretched)

Sleeve length: 61 cm – 24"

Length: 121 cm – 47.6"

 

Belt

Length: 96 cm – 37.8"

Width: 3 cm – 1.2"

Holes: from 72 to 82,5 cm – 28.3" to 32.5"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Corresponding Modern Size:

Germany 36 / UK 10 / USA 6

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YOHJI YAMAMOTO Dress

 

 

Striking avant garde dress by Yohji Yamamoto from the 1990s.

 

Description

This minimalist yet feminine draped midi dress is crafted from a lustrous charcoal grey coated rustling silk. The sleeveless piece is fitted in the bodice (darts at bustline), with an A-line skirt and features a buttoned front. The draped capelet-like collar can be worn in different ways. The dress is unlined with a coppery inside. It is labeled "Yohji Yamamoto, Made in Japan" and tagged a size M.

 

Designer

Yohji Yamamoto was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1943. He studied law before turning to fashion and launched his own company in 1974. The only Japanese fashion designer to have been awarded the French Chevalier de L'Ordre des Art et Lettres, Yamamoto is also the recipient of the American Fashion Award. He is known for the avant-garde tailoring featuring Japanese design aesthetics. His signature often oversized silhouettes in mostly dark colours feature drapery in varying textures. Yohji Yamamoto's custom-made textiles use a variety of traditional Japanese techniques. All his fabrics are made in Japan to his own specifications, making them unique to his designs. "Fabric is everything. Often I tell my pattern makers: "Just listen to the material. What is it going to say? Just wait. Probably the material will teach you something."" – Yohji Yamamoto.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. Some discolouration on the inside that seems to be production-related though.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 48 cm – 18.9" (slightly overlapping)

Bust: 100 cm – 39.4" (with darts)

Waist: 72 cm – 28.3"

Hips: free

Length: 130 cm – 51.2"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust and waist.

 

Corresponding Modern Size:

Germany 36 / UK 10 / USA 6

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LOUIS FÉRAUD Cocktail Dress

 

 

Elegant black cocktail dress by Louis Féraud from the 1980s.

 

Description

This dress features a black velvet wrap effect blousy cut bodice with a plunging neckline and a woolen fitted pencil skirt draped with gathered velvet at the hip area. The dropped-shoulder style top has long dolman sleeves that become narrow to the wrist, a deep keyhole opening on the back that closes with a large rhinestone button at the neck and is unlined. The skirt has a 24 cm - 9.4" center back vent, fastens with a rear concealed zipper and hook and eye and is fully lined. Its drapery is fixed at the waist line and closes on the left side with six rhinestone buttons. The dress is labeled "Louis Féraud" and tagged a German size 38 / US size 8 / UK size 12 / F size 40. It finishes a palm below the knee.

 

Designer

Louis Féraud opened his first boutique in the 1950s in Cannes. There he met Brigitte Bardot and after she wore one of his dresses in public, it started a run of Féraud. Later he moved to Paris where he opened a boutique in 1956. Louis Féraud belongs to the group of couturiers that are still influencing French fashion today.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition – hardly ever worn.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: free (dolman sleeves)

Bust: free (dolman sleeves)

Waist: 70 cm – 27.6"

Hips: 93 cm – 36.6"

Sleeve length: 71 cm – 28" (dolman sleeves; measured from the neckline)

Waist to hem: 66 cm – 26"

Length: 110 cm – 43.3"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for waist and hips.

 

Corresponding Modern Size:

Germany 36 / UK 10 / USA 6

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Little Black Wool Dress

 

 

Chic little black vintage dress with oversized bow detailing.

 

Description

This shift dress is made from pure black wool crepe and features a crew neck with a split, short sleeves, darts at bustline and a 13 cm – 5.1" flounce with a slit at the bottom of the dress. An oversized black raw silk bow sits at the front left hemline. The dress has very small sewn-in shoulder pads, is fully lined and fastens up the back with a concealed zip. It is a timeless and very flattering dress for many different body types and finishes just below the knee. Day or night - dress it up, dress it down!

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 40 cm – 15.7" (seam to seam)

Bust: 96 cm – 37.8"

Waist: 88 cm – 34.6"

Hips: 100 cm – 39.4"

Sleeve length: 30 cm – 11.8"

Length: 98 cm – 38.6"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Corresponding Modern Size:

Germany 38 / UK 12 / USA 8

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LOUIS FÉRAUD Dress

 

 

Fabulous navy silk cocktail dress by Louis Féraud from

the 1980s.

 

Description

This drop waist dress features a crinkled bodice and a taffeta bubble skirt with white edged bow details. The bow detail can be untied. It shows a round neckline, cap sleeves, small shoulder pads in matching fabric and fastens up the back with a 59 cm - 23.2" concealed zip. The dress finishes below the knee.

 

Designer

Louis Féraud opened his first boutique in the 1950s in Cannes. There he met Brigitte Bardot and after she wore one of his dresses in public, it started a run of Féraud. Later he moved to Paris where he opened a boutique in 1956. Louis Féraud belongs to the group of couturiers that are still influencing French fashion today.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 40 cm - 15.7"

Bust: 88 cm (unstretched) - 34.6"

Waist: 76 cm (unstretched) - 29.9"

Hips: 94 cm (unstretched) - 37"

Length: 106 cm - 41.7"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Corresponding Modern Sizes:

Germany 38-40 / UK 12-14 /

USA 8-10

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YSL Haute Couture Ensemble

 

 

Understated numbered Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture ensemble from the early 2000s.

 

Description

This two piece set is made from scarlet red very delicate raw silk. The straight-cut tunic top features a demure neckline, long sleeves (cut in one with the dress at back), a hem slit in the left front, a slit pocket on the right front side and is slightly shorter at front. It fastens in the center back with a very fine hand set hidden painted metal and nylon zipper and an hook and eye at top back neck. The tunic has silk covered shoulder pads with bra strap fastenings and should be worn loose.

The matching straight-cut skirt has a narrow waistband, closes with a zipper and an hook and eye at the left side and goes just below the knees. There is a little tag sewn inside the front waistband stating that it is indeed the front. Both tunic and skirt are lined in a matching red silk charmeuse. This ensemble is finished to Haute Couture standards and entirely done by hand. The label reads "YVES SAINT LAURENT PARIS MADE IN FRANCE" and is numbered 074670. Both items can also be worn perfectly separate.

Please note: The photographs do not justice to the sophisticated elegance of this set as it had to be pinned quite a lot.

 

Designer

Yves Saint Laurent was born in 1936 in Oran, Algeria and began his career as an assistant of Christian Dior. When Dior died in 1957, he became the artistic director. In 1962 he opened his own fashion house, and in 1966, he created his ready-to-wear line Rive Gauche. By the 1980s, Yves Saint Laurent was a true icon. He was the first living designer to receive a solo exhibition in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983.

"When you put something on from Yves Saint Laurent's couture, there is an immediate sensual experience: everything, no matter what it's made of, is always lined in silk. That detail is emblematic of his total attitude toward women. He wants to spoil them, to envelop them in the pleasure of his clothes", said Catherine Deneuve.

Saint Laurent died in 2008.

 

Condition

This Haute Couture ensemble is in excellent vintage condition.

 

Size & Fit

Tunic

Shoulders: 42 cm – 16.5"

Bust: 102 cm – 40.2"

Waist: 112 cm – 44.1"

Hips: 116 cm – 45.7"

Sleeve length: 52 cm – 20.5"

Slit length: 30 cm – 11.8"

Length: 80 cm – 31.5" (front) /

85 cm – 33.5" (back)

 

Skirt

Waist: 86 cm – 33.8"

Hips: 110 cm – 43.3"

Length: 57 cm – 22.4"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Corresponding Modern Sizes:

Germany 42-44 / UK 16-18 /

USA 12-14

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ROBERTA DI CAMERINO Tunic

 

 

Easy-chic tunic blouse or mini dress by Roberta di Camerino from the 1970s.

 

Description

This navy blue stretch jersey tunic features an unusual black geometric hourglass-like motif and a red logo print "ROBERTA DI CAMERINO" throughout. It has an open collar, long full sleeves with buttoned cuffs (gold-coloured "R" logo buttons) and is unlined. The tunic is made from polyester and labeled "Roberta di Camerino, Made in Italy". It should be worn loose and fits many sizes.

 

Designer

The house of Roberta di Camerino was founded by Giuliana Coen Camerino (1920-2002) in 1945 in Venice, Italy. The company's name is a combination of the name Roberta, taken from Giuliana Camerino's favourite song "Smoke gets in your eyes" and Camerino, her husband's surname. Giuliana Camerino was one of the first designers who created the idea of an easily recognizable status handbag. The neo-baroque style bags were produced of "Soprarizzo" velvet – originally used for furnishings – in the most beautiful and unusual colour combinations and clasps and studs created by the craftsmen of brass ornaments for gondolas. The result were truly revolutionary and unique bags. Already in 1956 Giuliana received the prestigious Neiman Marcus "Oscar of Fashion" Award. Further on the brand diversified its product range starting a clothing line characterized by high quality, simplicity and lightness. Trompe l'oeil prints of belts and buttons became Roberta di Camerino's signature designs. Her creations were loved by celebrities and royals all over the world, such as Grace Kelly, Princess Paola of Liegi, Elsa Maxwell and Isabella Rossellini.

 

Condition

This tunic is in excellent vintage condition.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 46 cm – 18.1"

Bust: 108 cm – 42.5"

Waist: 112 cm – 44.1"

Hips: 122 cm – 48"

Length: 83 cm – 32.7"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Corresponding Modern Sizes: One size fits almost all.

Germany up to 44 /

UK up to 18 / USA up to 14

178,00 €
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ROBERTA DI CAMERINO Dress

 

 

Fabulous two-piece dress by Roberta di Camerino from 1977.

 

Description

This jersey blouse and skirt set features a signature trompe l'oeil belt print in red and white on a black background with the iconic "R" printed in between. The blouse has an open collar and long sleeves with buttoned cuffs (gold-coloured "R" logo buttons).

The skirt features three inverted pleats at the front, belt loops and a concealed rear 15 cm – 5.9" zip with a hook and eye fastening. The dress is unlined, made from polyester and dated on the designer’s label to 1977.

 

Designer

The house of Roberta di Camerino was founded by Giuliana Coen Camerino (1920-2002) in 1945 in Venice, Italy. The company's name is a combination of the name Roberta, taken from Giuliana Camerino's favourite song "Smoke gets in your eyes" and Camerino, her husband's surname. Giuliana Camerino was one of the first designers who created the idea of an easily recognizable status handbag. The neo-baroque style bags were produced of "Soprarizzo" velvet – originally used for furnishings – in the most beautiful and unusual colour combinations and clasps and studs created by the craftsmen of brass ornaments for gondolas. The result were truly revolutionary and unique bags. Already in 1956 Giuliana received the prestigious Neiman Marcus "Oscar of Fashion" Award. Further on the brand diversified its product range starting a clothing line characterized by high quality, simplicity and lightness. Trompe l'oeil prints of belts and buttons became Roberta di Camerino's signature designs. Her creations were loved by celebrities and royals all over the world, such as Grace Kelly, Princess Paola of Liegi, Elsa Maxwell and Isabella Rossellini.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. Few hard to see snags and few small faint yellowish spots on the blouse that may come out with additional cleaning.

 

Size & Fit

Blouse (unstretched)

Shoulders: 39 cm – 15.4"

Bust: 86 cm – 33.8"

Waist: 76 cm – 29.9"

Length: 67 cm – 26.4"

 

Skirt (unstretched)

Waist: 70 cm – 27.6"

Hips: 98 cm – 38.6"

Length: 55 cm – 21.7"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Tagged Size: I 42

Corresponding Modern Size:

Germany 36 / UK 10 / USA 6

378,00 €
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SWEETHEART Dress

 

 

Enchanting 1980s made-to-measure cocktail dress by Sweetheart Munich.

 

Description

This strapless bustier dress in vibrant red with a floral print features a sweetheart neckline, a boned bodice and a removable flower in matching fabric. It has a concealed rear 31 cm - 12.2" hook and eye closure, a 12 cm - 4.7" rear slit with a grosgrain ribbon edging and is fully lined. It finishes above the knee.

 

Designer

Sweetheart Munich was founded by Rolf Albrecht und Bernd Stockinger in the 1960s. In their couture atelier and boutique they designed and sold made-to-measure fashion for socialites and actresses like Bianca Jagger and Marisa Berenson. 

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. Some staining on the lining that may come out with additional cleaning. Not to be seen when wearing.

 

Size & Fit

Bust: 80 cm - 31.5"

Waist: 66 cm - 26"

Hips: 89 cm - 35"

Length: 50 cm (from waist) - 19.7"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Corresponding Modern Size:

Germany 34 / UK 8 / USA 4

258,00 €
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SWANSON'S Gown

 

 

Gorgeous 1980s gown by Swanson's on the plaza.

 

Description

This gown is made from black wool and cotton mix fabric, maybe rayon and is fully lined. The scooped neckline shows dramatic ruffles. The gown is fitted over the bust and waist.

A 36 cm - 14.2" slit up the left side of the skirt allows movement. The dress fastens up the back with a 42 cm - 16.5" concealed zip with two hook and eyes.

 

Designer

Swanson's on the plaza

 

Condition

This gown is in excellent vintage condition.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 44 cm - 17.3"

Bust: 102 cm - 40.2"

Waist: 81cm - 31.9"

Hips: 104 cm - 40.9"

Length: 138 cm - 54.3"

 

Measurements are taken flat and then doubled for bust, waist and hips.

 

Corresponding Modern Sizes: Germany 40-42 / UK 14-16 /

USA 10-12

218,00 €
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