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Vintage Maxi Dresses

It is just over 100 years since hems started to scandalously stray above the ankle bone.  The full length dress (or close to it) was once the fashion uniform for western women.  Now, designer maxi dresses are a choice we make from our wardrobes of plenty, and a great one at that. Though they remained de rigour for evening wear and did appear in the decades of the first half of the century for day wear too, it seemed to take the progression up the leg to the mini dress or skirt in the 1960’s which finally brought about a subversive effect, bringing skirts back to earth in the bohemian age with maxi length dresses.

The 1960’s was a decade where many styles and aesthetics rubbed shoulders and while some aspired to geometric shapes and bold colours of the ‘London look’ others harked back to earlier eras to source their clothing and the concept of ‘Vintage’ fashion was born.  Contemporary designers such as Thea Porter and Gina Fratini took inspiration from antique Edwardian sources to create romantic dresses and kaftans.  Other designers such as Emilio Pucci and Ossie Clark with his wife Celia Birtwell were experimenting with psychedelic print and colour and nowhere could these have more impact than the full skirt of a maxi dress.

However, if there is a decade of the 20th century to which the maxi skirt belongs, it is surely the 1970’s.  Carrying forward the riotous colour of the late 1960’s, designers such as Bill Gibb, Louis Féraud, Zandra Rhodes, Yuki London and Yves Saint Laurent (often with ensemble pieces) took up the mantel and played with shape and form.  A long line was in with trouser suits and dinner suits becoming a very popular choice for many women.  The elegance of this form matched a similar aesthetic shift in maxi dresses.  With his silky, plunging and fluid creations, American designer Halston brought the full length dress to a wider, sleeker, more urban audience with dresses designed to wear from day to night.  In his simple and minimalist designs, women could feel like goddesses and certainly his greatest fans such as Pat Cleveland and Bianca Jagger looked like minor deities in them.  Today vintage maxi dresses or, what some might call retro maxi dresses, prove to be great style hits not just for the beach.  A perfect choice for summer, worn with a great platform heel, a neat pair of trainers, a biker jacket and a belt, these dresses can take on a new life.

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Giulietta 1970s Red Velour Evening Dress

Vintage Scarlet Velvet Velour Deep Back Puff Sleeve Evening Dress, 1970s
CHF 257.17

Escada Couture 1990s Velvet Feather Trim Evening Dress

Escada Couture Vintage Feather Trim Beaded Black Velvet Evening Gown, 1990s
CHF 642.93

David Fielden 1980s Velvet Fishtail Evening Gown

David Fielden Vintage Black Velvet Butterfly Sleeve Plunging Back Evening Gown, 1980s
CHF 321.47

Yuki 1980s Purple Avant Garde Silk Dress

Yuki Architectural Purple & Red Silk Satin Couture Evening Dress, 1980s
CHF 514.34

Halston 1970s Mint Green Grecian Dress

Halston Vintage Mint Green Draped Grecian One Shouldered Jersey Dress, 1970s
CHF 514.34

Marjon Couture 1970s Turquoise Jersey Dress

Marjon Couture Vintage Turquoise Jersey Grecian Goddess Dress, 1970s
CHF 231.45

Victoria Royal 1960s Peach Maxi Hand Beaded Gown

Victoria Royal Vintage Hong Kong Beaded Peach Chiffon Evening Gown, 1960s
CHF 385.76

Ossie Clark 1970s Moss Crepe Evening Gown

Ossie Clark Vintage Lilac Moss Crepe Halter Neck Evening Gown, 1970s
CHF 514.34

GIVENCHY 1960s Couture Evening Gown Belted Maxi Dress Size XXS-XS

A rare Givenchy couture evening dress from the 1960s, entirely done by hand and constructed exquisitely.
CHF 1 247.28

PACO RABANNE Liquid Silver Metallic Evening Dress Size XXS-XS

A fabulous Paco Rabanne metallic slip-on party dress as worn by Kate Moss and Martha Hunt.
CHF 675.08

BESSI 1970s Silk Jersey & Chiffon Maxi Evening Gown Size M-L

A dreamy Averardo Bessi grey and pink silk evening gown from the 1970s.
CHF 655.79

LOUIS FÉRAUD 1960s Vintage Graphic Printed Maxi Dress Size S

A rare Louis Féraud maxi dress from the late 1960s featuring a bold graphic print in dark brown, sienna, orange, pink and black with the Louis Féraud signature scattered throughout.
CHF 450.05

LOUIS FÉRAUD 1960s 1970s Vintage Halterneck Evening Gown Size S

A rare Louis Féraud halterneck gown from the late 1960s or early 1970s with an exceptionally beautiful print.
CHF 430.76

LORIS AZZARO 1970s Vintage "Three Rings" Jersey Dress Size S-M

The "Three Rings" dress is undoubtedly Loris Azzaro's most iconic design. Originally released in the early 1970s and reissued in 2014, these dresses came in various colours and with ornate beading.
CHF 1 363.01

THIERRY MUGLER 1990s Vintage Maxi Evening Dress Black Size S

A spectacular statuesque Thierry Mugler evening dress from the 1990s.
CHF 1 363.01

ROBERTA DI CAMERINO 1970s Vintage Trompe l'Oeil Maxi Dress Size XS

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a typical trompe l'oeil print in green, two shades of purple, black and yellow.
CHF 565.78

LEONARD 1970s Vintage Printed Silk Maxi Dress Size M

A fabulous Leonard printed silk jersey maxi dress from the early 1970s.
CHF 675.08

Janice Wainwright 1970s Chiffon & Jersey Maxi Dress

Janice Wainwright Peach Devore Chiffon & Jersey Asymmetric Maxi Dress, 1970s
CHF 257.17

La Mendola Peach Chiffon Cowl Neck Vintage Dress

La Mendola Vintage Peach Chiffon Cowl Neck Floral Print Maxi Gown, 1970s
CHF 462.91

Lanvin 1972 Documented Halterneck Maxi Dress Size M

An amazing Lanvin maxi dress from 1972 - what a perfect summer dress!
CHF 906.53

Neiman Marcus 1970s Rainbow Stripe Maxi Dress

Neiman Marcus Mexican Style Kaftan Mexican Rainbow Stripe Maxi Dress, 1970s
CHF 450.05

Gianni Versace 1990s Asymmetrical Evening Gown

A 1990s Gianni Versace Black Double Layered Rayon Jersey Knit Dress
CHF 771.52

Victor Costa 1970s Red Brocade Evening Dress

Victor Costa Romantica Red, Purple & Green Metallic Brocade Evening Dress, 1970s
CHF 231.45

Bruce Oldfield Couture 1990s Silk & Organza Black Gown

Bruce Oldfield Couture trompe l'oeil embroidered silk & organza strapless gown
CHF 411.48

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