AUTHENTIC VINTAGE DRESSES

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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EMILIO PUCCI Maxi Dress

 

CUSTOM LISTING FOR NICOLA!

 

Beyond beautiful and rare 1977 "Naiwasha" print Emilio Pucci silk jersey maxi dress from Pucci's iconic African-inspired collection.

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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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LEONARD PARIS Maxi Dress

 

Beautiful 1970s Leonard Fashion Paris floral print maxi dress with bell sleeves.

 

Description

This lovely 1970s Leonard Fashion Paris maxi dress is a beautiful and quite unusual Leonard design with its wonderful subtly coloured floral pattern.

 

It is made from a fine silk jersey and has a fitted cut through bodice with bust darts and a collared neckline. The waist is defined with a non-elastic seam. Love the bell sleeves that add that little extra to the design. Beneath the waist seam the skirt flares to the floor in a gentle sweep. The dress comes with its original matching silk jersey sash that you can cinch in and define the waist.

 

The floral signature print features a gorgeous colour palette from various shades of blue to a light turquoise and dove grey on a soft black backdrop. The dress is unlined and closes at the back with a hand set painted metal zipper. Labeled "LEONARD FASHION PARIS Made in France".

 

The dress is a classic 1970s design at its best and very easy to style – a change of shoe takes it day to night in a breath. Perfect for traveling too!

 

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

This dress is in excellent vintage condition.

 

Size & Fit

Dress

Shoulders: 38 cm – 15"

Bust: 88 cm – 34.6" (darts)

Waist: 68 cm – 26.8"

Hips: open

Sleeve length: 51 cm – 20.1"

Length: 140 cm – 55.1"

 

Sash

Width: 9-15 cm – 3.5-5.9"

Length: 178 cm – 70.1"

 

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

 

Modern Sizing Equivalent:

XS–S

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YSL Haute Couture Gown

 

 

Sophisticated 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

 

Iconic early 1970s mod dress by André Courrèges.

 

Description

This mint green dress has a round neckline and small cap sleeves. It is made from a wool and acrylic blend and is fully lined. The Courrèges Logo sits in the middle of the chest. A seam with an elastic band runs around the waist and a belt in matching fabric is fixed in the back and fastenes around the waist. The dress has a 49 cm - 19.3" concealed zip closure with hook and eye on the neckline and finishes just below the knee. Style number is: 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"

Hips: 96 cm - 37.8"

Length: 99 cm - 39"

 

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

 

Corresponding Modern Size:

Germany 34 / UK 8 / USA 4

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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

548,00 €
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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

648,00 €
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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

1.188,00 €
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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

358,00 €
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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

328,00 €
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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

398,00 €
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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

998,00 €
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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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