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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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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 1 250.06

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 678.43

BESSI 1970s Silk Maxi Evening Gown w/ Jacket Size XS-S

This wonderful Bessi evening gown from the 1970s is made of the classic fine silk jersey featuring a beautiful print with the Bessi signature throughout.
CHF 766.37

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 766.37

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 565.36

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 791.50

LOUIS FÉRAUD 1960s Vintage Silk Maxi Dress Size XS

This exceptionally beautiful Louis Féraud dress from the late 1960s or early 1970s is made of fine silk with the most amazing print in brilliant colours.
CHF 427.16

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 1 815.42

THIERRY MUGLER 1990s Vintage Maxi Evening Dress Black Size S

A spectacular statuesque Thierry Mugler evening dress from the 1990s.
CHF 1 702.35

Vintage 1930s Pink Evening Dress

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > NA,Womens > Maxi Style : Wedding Gender : Female Dial Colour : Pink Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Pink, , Size : 8, 10
CHF 345.49

Lanvin Haute Couture Green Gazar and Gold Lamé Pleated Gown - Early 1960's

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > LANIVN,Womens > Maxi Style : Couture Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, ,
CHF 3 140.86

Missoni Grey Cashmere and Silver Lurex Gown - 2000's

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > MISSONI,Womens > Maxi Metal : Silver Gender : Female Dial Colour : Grey Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, , Size : 40 (Italy) - 8 (UK) / 4 (US)
CHF 1 130.71

1930s White Silk Gown

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > NA,Womens > Maxi Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, ,
CHF 508.28

50s Green Satin Column Gown with Beaded Bodice and Gathered Waist Sash

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > NA,Womens > Maxi Gender : Female Dial Colour : Green Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, ,
CHF 458.36

30s Black Lace Evening Gown

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > NA,Womens > Maxi Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
CHF 809.79

50s Navy Taffeta Strapless Gown with Pink Satin Hip & Bust Bow

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > NA,Womens > Maxi Gender : Female Dial Colour : Pink Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
CHF 1 013.51

Gene Shelley Red and Pink Sequined Knit Evening Dress with Slit Front, 1960

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > GENE SHELLY,Womens > Maxi Gender : Female Dial Colour : Pink Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, ,
CHF 911.64

60s Emerald Green Satin Gown

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > NA,Womens > Maxi Gemstone : Emerald Gender : Female Dial Colour : Green Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, ,
CHF 2 037.19

70s Red Sequined Evening Gown

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > MR. BLACKWELL,Womens > Maxi Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, ,
CHF 1 013.51

40s Strapless Black Chiffon White Bird Gown

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > NA,Womens > Maxi Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
CHF 1 426.04

30s Green Dot Mesh Gown and Slip

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > NA,Womens > Maxi Gender : Female Dial Colour : Green Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, ,
CHF 504.21

Escada Couture Dark Blue Choker Neck with Sequins/Beads Mermaid Silk Nightgown

Style Keyword : Necklaces Label 1 : Jewellery > Necklaces,Jewellery > Escada Style : Couture Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
CHF 1 301.76

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 653.30

LEONARD 1970s Vintage Printed Silk Maxi Dress Size M

A fabulous Leonard printed silk jersey maxi dress from the early 1970s.
CHF 854.31

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