AUTHENTIC VINTAGE DRESSES

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 black and pink strapless dress by Yves Saint Laurent, Autumn/Winter 1987.

 

Description

This strapless cocktail dress has been designed by Yves Saint Laurent for his Autumn/Winter 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 credits: YSL dress from the same collection by Gian Paolo Barbieri, 1987.

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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: SML

458,00 €
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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

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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MONTANA Beaded Dress

 

 

Very cool black beaded dress by Claude Montana from the early 1990s.

 

Description

This short black sleeveless A-line dress is made from pure wool and adorned with minimalist silver beads. It zips up the front and features a small stand-up collar, dropped armholes and a 6 cm – 2.4" detachable curved belt with belt loops in matching fabric that closes with a heavy asymmetrical silver-coloured metal buckle adorned with transparent and silver rhinestones. The belt sits low at hip and should be worn not too tight. The dress can be worn with a different belt as well. It is lined in black pure silk, labeled "Montana, Made in Italy" and tagged an Italian size 42 and USA size 8. The dress finishes one and a half palms above the knee.

 

Designer

Claude Montana (Montanat) was born in 1947 in Paris to a German mother and a Spanish father. He began his career designing papier mâché jewelry encrusted with semi-precious stones in the early 1970s in London. After returning to Paris and designing several leather collections, in collaboration with Michelle Costas for example, Montana founded his own company in 1979. Four years later he opened his first boutique in Paris. Claude Montana got worldwide recognition due to his purified and structured shapes and his architectured cuts. Stars and celebrities such as Cher, Jeanne Moreau and Charlotte Rampling dressed in his creations.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. A small area of short pulled threads underneath the belt (see picture 10)  absolutely not visible when worn. Apart from this the dress seems unworn.

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 37 cm – 14.6"

Bust: 68 cm – 26.8" (open due to dropped armholes)

Waist: 76 cm – 29.9"

Hips: 104 cm – 40.9"

Belt length: 99 cm – 39" (from hook to loop)

Length: 85 cm – 33.5"

 

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

 

Corresponding Modern Size:

Germany 36 / UK 10 / USA 6

528,00 €
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ROBERTA DI CAMERINO Dress

 

 

Stunning trompe l'oeil design maxi dress by Roberta di Camerino from the 1970s.

 

Description

This polyester knit maxi dress comes directly from the Roberta di Camerino archive in Italy (see archive's stamp on picture 8) and is therefore unworn. A version of this dress has been part of the exhibition "Roberta di Camerino, The Revolution of Color" at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice in 2011 and the Revoltella Museum, Trieste in 2010 (see last picture).

 

It shows an illusionistic print of a long sleeved dark grey blouse with matching neck-tie, a carmine red double-breasted long blazer with faux pockets and a carmine and orange striped skirt with black detailing adding to the idea of a fuller 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 an open collar, darts at bustline, long sleeves with buttoned cuffs with gold-toned logo buttons and fastens up the back with a zip and a hook and eye at neck. It is unlined and its label reads "Roberta di Camerino Made in Italy". The dress shows a signature logo "R" imprint on the right faux breast pocket and is tagged an Italian size 42 and American size 8.

 

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

 

Size & Fit

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

Bust: 84 cm – 33.1" (unstretched)

Waist: 80 cm – 31.5" (unstretched)

Hips: 97 cm – 38.2" (unstretched)

Sleeve length: 58 cm – 22.8"

Length: 145 cm – 57.1"

 

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

 

Corresponding Modern Sizes:

Germany 34-36 / UK 8-10 /

USA 4-6

758,00 €
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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 1980s.

 

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

1.028,00 €
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YSL Haute Couture Dress

 

 

Sophisticated numbered Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture evening dress from the early 1980s.

 

Description

This full length evening dress is made from Watteau blue silk crepe. Amazing colour! It 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 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. The dress has silk covered shoulder pads with bra strap fastenings and two hidden side pockets. The skirt is lined in a matching light blue silk charmeuse whereas the sleeves in matching silk chiffon. This 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 dress 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.

 

Corresponding Modern Sizes:

Germany 42(-44) / UK 16(-18) /

USA 12(-14)

 

Reference Photo Credits: Yves Saint Laurent Watteau blue moiré dress, Fall-Winter 1990 Haute Couture Collection. Photograph by Arthur Elgort.

1.188,00 €
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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

158,00 €
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GINOCCHIETTI Dress

 

 

Fabulous silk two-piece dress by Umberto Ginocchietti from the early 1990s.

 

Description

This set is made from pleated rainbow-coloured light silk. The colours reach from tulipwood to light blue and olive-green. The sleeveless top features a straight cut with side vents. The matching high-waisted skirt has a waistband, a full skirt and closes with three mother-of-pearl buttons on the left side. It finishes approximately a palm above the ankle. Both items can also be worn perfectly separate.

 

Designer

Umberto Ginocchietti (1940-2014) was born in Perugia, Italy. After finishing school and three years at the famous Università di Bocconi, Milan, Ginocchietti started to work for LaneRossi, a famous knitwear manufacturer. In 1966 he opened his own business named Maglificio di Perugia. Among his most important collaborations at that time was the one with Giorgio Armani from 1974 to 1976. From 1972 to the mid-1980s Umberto Ginocchietti owned numerous licences such as for Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior and Givenchy. He was known for his high-quality manufacturing of luxury knitwear and prêt-à-porter. Models and actresses like Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Claudia Schiffer and Isabella Rossellini cooperated with his brand. The company closed its doors in 1996.

 

Condition

This top and skirt set is in excellent vintage condition – hardly ever worn.

 

Size & Fit

Top (should be worn loose)

Bust: 92 cm – 36.2"

Waist: 92 cm – 36.2"

Hips: 100 cm – 39.4"

Length: 72 cm – 28.3"

 

Skirt

Waist: 66 cm  26"

Hips: open

Length: 95 cm – 37.4"

 

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

 

Corresponding Modern Size:

Germany 36 / UK 10 / USA 6

278,00 €
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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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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

778,00 €
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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

208,00 €
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LOUIS FÉRAUD Dress

 

 

Iconic 1970s maxi evening mod dress with matching scarf by Louis Féraud.

 

Description

This stretch jersey dress shows a clashing geometric pattern in purple, gold-yellow, orange-red, teal, sky-blue and black. It features a round neck, long sleeves and is unlined. The dress fastens in the back with four fabric buttons and comes with a scarf in matching fabric.

 

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. Two tiny well done repairs at the lower front (black section). Absolutely not visible when worn. The buttons are replaced (custom-made). Comes with spare buttons. Priced accordingly but with its age in mind too.

 

Size & Fit

Dress

Shoulders: 38 cm - 15"

Bust: 80 cm (unstretched) - 31.5"

Waist: 72 cm (unstretched) - 28.3"

Hips: 92 cm (unstretched) - 36.2"

Length: 139 cm - 54.7"

 

Scarf

Width: 18,5 cm - 7.3"

Length: 137 cm - 53.9"

 

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

 

Corresponding Modern Sizes:

Germany 34-36 / UK 8-10 /

USA 4-6

768,00 €
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Patterned Dress

 

 

A fabulous A-line dress with royal blue, ochre, grey and turquoise psychedelic pattern.

 

Description

It is made from a wool and acrylic mix and is fully lined. The dress features a crew neck with a 12 cm - 4.7" split, short sleeves and a 39 cm - 15.4" rear concealed zip fastening. It finishes just above the knee.

 

Condition

This dress is in excellent vintage condition. A few stains on the lining (not to be seen when wearing).

 

Size & Fit

Shoulders: 40 cm - 15.7"

Bust: 92 cm - 36.2"

Waist: 82 cm - 32.3"

Hips: 98 cm - 38.6"

Length: 90 cm - 35.4"

 

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

 

Corresponding Modern Size:

Germany 36 / UK 10 / USA 6

98,00 €
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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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