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It is only right that a fashion house which would become synonymous with the thoroughbred glamour of the supermodel age should have been named after a race horse. Founded in 1978 in Munich by husband and wife team Wolfgang Ley and Ex model Swede Margaretha Ley, the vintage Escada lines are built on strong foundations and a strong fan base throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. In fact, by Margaretha’s early death in 1992, they had built an empire of 140 boutiques worldwide and were sold in over 1,200 department stores. Escada calls the Ley’s founding principles the ‘democratization’ of elite Haute Couture.’ Today, the brand still captures attention and immediately calls to mind femininity and elegance, both in its contemporary pieces and delving back into the rich archive of vintage Escada.

It was Margaretha’s design vision which captured their customer’s attention. The company stood out with its distinctive use of colour featuring unusual combinations of patterns, exclusive embroidery, and elaborately designed knitwear. From skirts and jackets to leather goods, the brand perfectly aligned themselves with optimistic 80s cocktail glamour. Ley didn’t rely on gimmicks or signature traits in her designs but rather moved with her customer with unfailing vision for what real women wanted to wear. With a natural affinity with colour and pattern, her designs were celebrated in the 1980s, and still are today for their exuberance and joie de vivre but also for their elegance. Her clothes were utterly wearable. She took a practical approach to her designs, often using the same or complimentary colours and prints (like animal print) in a coordinate system across many seasons to allow her customers to come back and mix and match with previously purchased pieces with accessories like belts and scarves to match. Today, with less inclination to match, these vintage Escada pieces stand by their strength of design alone.

Moving into the 1990s, the glamour and elegance of Escada’s clothes in their catalogues and campaigns perfectly encapsulated the imagined lives of the supermodels who wore them from Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington to Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. The 1990s brought a period of a simple, pared down aesthetic. By the end of the 1990s, Escada’s new found sophistication was reflected in the highly lauded pale pistachio green gown worn by Kim Bassinger to receive her Oscar for her role in L.A. Confidential in 1998. Today the enduring femininity and elegance of Escada’s clothes make them as appealing as when they first graced a boutique rail, whether it is for their mad designs, knock out shape, or their undoubtable quality.

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Purple Escada Quilted Puffer Down Coat

511.2500 Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Coats,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Style : Revival Length (inches) : 28" Style Keyword : Womens Coats Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Coats specification : Purple, , Good Size : S/M
CHF 437.03

Escada 1990s Mint Brocade & Silk Satin Skirt Suit

Escada Couture Vintage Turquoise Star Pattern Brocade & Satin Skirt Suit, 1990s
CHF 456.60

Escada Black Satin Pumps with Crystal Rhinestones Heels

880.1375 Label 1 : Womens Accessories > Womens Shoes > Pumps Style Keyword : Womens Shoes > Pumps Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Accessories : Shoes specification : Black, , Decade : 1980-1989 Size : 37
CHF 795.79

Escada by Margaretha Ley Jacket

378.4910 Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Jackets & Blazers,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 32.29 in. (82 cm) Length (inches) : 26.38 Style Keyword : Womens Jackets & Blazers Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Jackets & Blazers specification : Gold, , Excellent Size : 38 (EU)
CHF 339.62

Escada Black Leather with Gold Toned Heart Shaped Charms and Pink Stones Belt

546.1340 Fabric : Leather Label 1 : Womens Accessories > Womens Belts Metal / Material : Leather Length (inches) : 32 in. Style Keyword : Womens Belts Condition : Excellent Colour : Black Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Accessories : Belts specification : Black, , Excellent Decade : 1980-1989
CHF 476.17

Vintage 80s Escada Couture Gold Toned Metallic Shinny Shawl Blazer

1557.4055 Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Jackets & Blazers,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Style Keyword : Womens Jackets & Blazers Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Jackets & Blazers specification : Gold, , Decade : 1980-1989 Size : 36
CHF 1 448.08

Escada Mint Green Pearl Cardigan Sweater

529.6910 Bust (inches) : 36cm Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Knitwear ,Womens Fashion > Womens Jumpers,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 88cm Style Keyword : Womens Knitwear > Womens Jumpers Height (inches) : 60cm Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Knitwear specification : Green, , Good Decade : 1980-1989 Size : 38
CHF 456.60

Escada Navy with Gold Stars Double Breasted Blazer

1549.1840 Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Jackets & Blazers,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Style Keyword : Womens Jackets & Blazers Height (inches) : 30 in. Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Jackets & Blazers specification : Blue, , Excellent Decade : 1980-1989 Size : 36
CHF 1 441.56

Escada Multicolored dress

275.0000 Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Dresses specification : Multi, , Excellent Size : 40
CHF 202.21

Escada Smoking jacket

720.5000 Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Jackets & Blazers,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Style : Couture Style Keyword : Womens Jackets & Blazers Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Jackets & Blazers specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Excellent Size : 42
CHF 613.15

Escada Bow pochette

504.5000 Bags : Shoulder Bag Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Escada Handbags Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Excellent Size : S
CHF 417.46

Escada Coat Fur Fox Double Face Wool Angora Vintage Black Pink

1409.0000 Bust (inches) : 63 cm Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Coats,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Length (inches) : 95 cm Style Keyword : Womens Coats Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Coats specification : Black, , Excellent Size : Extra Small
CHF 1 134.98

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