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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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Escada Black Satin Pointy Pumps with Crystal Rhinestones Gold Toned Heels

Style Keyword : Womens Shoes > Pumps Label 1 : Womens Accessories > Womens Shoes > Pumps Product Type - Accessories : Shoes Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Decade : 1980-1989
£1,124.78

Escada by Margaretha Ley Jacket

Style Keyword : Womens Jackets & Blazers Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Jackets & Blazers,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Length (inches) : 26.38 Product Type - Clothing : Jackets & Blazers Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Excellent
£491.52

Escada Black Leather Gold Dices Flap Handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Top Handle Bags,Vintage Handbags > Escada Handbags Material : Leather Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Product Type - Bags : Top Handle Bags specification : Black, Leather, Excellent Decade : 1980-1989 Size : M
£560.76

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

Style Keyword : Womens Belts Fabric : Leather Label 1 : Womens Accessories > Womens Belts Product Type - Accessories : Belts Material : Leather Condition : Excellent Colour : Black Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, Excellent Decade : 1980-1989
£389.43

Escada Couture Gold Toned Metallic Shinny Shawl Blazer

Style Keyword : Womens Jackets & Blazers Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Jackets & Blazers,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Material : Gold Product Type - Clothing : Jackets & Blazers Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, Gold, Decade : 1980-1989
£1,825.57

Escada Mint Green Pearl Cardigan Sweater

Style Keyword : Womens Knitwear > Womens Jumpers Bust (inches) : 14.18 in. (36 cm) Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Knitwear ,Womens Fashion > Womens Jumpers,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Waist (inches) : 34.65 in. (88 cm) Height (inches) : 23.63 Product Type - Clothing : Knitwear Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, , Good Decade : 1980-1989
£373.30

Escada Navy with Gold Stars Double Breasted Blazer

Style Keyword : Womens Jackets & Blazers Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Jackets & Blazers,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Height (inches) : 30 Product Type - Clothing : Jackets & Blazers Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Excellent Decade : 1980-1989
£1,369.29

Escada Multicolored dress

Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Dresses Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Product Type - Clothing : Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Multi, , Excellent Size : 40
£155.00

Escada Smoking jacket

Style Keyword : Womens Jackets & Blazers Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Jackets & Blazers,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Style : Couture Product Type - Clothing : Jackets & Blazers Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Excellent Size : 42
£470.00

Escada Bow pochette

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Escada Handbags Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Product Type - Bags : Shoulder Bags specification : Black, , Excellent Size : S
£320.00

Escada Coat Fur Fox Double Face Wool Angora Vintage Black Pink

Style Keyword : Womens Coats Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Coats,Womens Fashion > Escada Womens Fashion Product Type - Clothing : Coats Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Excellent Size : Extra Small
£870.00

Escada Round Gold Toned Setting Black and Red Stud Clip On Earrings

Style Keyword : Earrings Earring Type : Clip On Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Escada Jewellery Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Product Type - Jewellery : Earrings specification : Gold, Gold, Excellent Decade : 1980-1989
£309.72

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