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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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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.
£505.00

LEONARD 1970s Vintage Printed Silk Maxi Dress Size M

A fabulous Leonard printed silk jersey maxi dress from the early 1970s.
£660.00

Janice Wainwright 1970s Chiffon & Jersey Maxi Dress

Janice Wainwright Peach Devore Chiffon & Jersey Asymmetric Maxi Dress, 1970s
£200.00

Angela Gore 1970s Patchwork Floral Vintage Kimono Dress

Angela Gore Vintage Patchwork Floral Print Cotton Maxi Kimono Dress, 1970s
£280.00

La Mendola Peach Chiffon Cowl Neck Vintage Dress

La Mendola Vintage Peach Chiffon Cowl Neck Floral Print Maxi Gown, 1970s
£360.00

Lanvin 1972 Documented Halterneck Maxi Dress Size M

An amazing Lanvin maxi dress from 1972 - what a perfect summer dress!
£875.00

Moschino 1990s 'Fashion is No More' Vintage Maxi Dress

Moschino "Fashion is No More" Slinky Black Jersey Maxi Dress, 1990s
£250.00

Neiman Marcus 1970s Rainbow Stripe Maxi Dress

Neiman Marcus Mexican Style Kaftan Mexican Rainbow Stripe Maxi Dress, 1970s
£350.00

Gianni Versace 1990s Asymmetrical Evening Gown

A 1990s Gianni Versace Black Double Layered Rayon Jersey Knit Dress
£600.00

Victor Costa 1970s Red Brocade Evening Dress

Victor Costa Romantica Red, Purple & Green Metallic Brocade Evening Dress, 1970s
£180.00

Bruce Oldfield Couture 1990s Silk & Organza Black Gown

Bruce Oldfield Couture trompe l'oeil embroidered silk & organza strapless gown
£320.00

Curiel Couture 1970s Black & Grey Printed Velvet Evening Gown

A Curiel Couture vintage black & grey printed velvet & chiffon evening gown, 1970s
£400.00

Gina Fratini 1980s Black Velvet Evening

A 1980s Gina Fratini Black Velvet & Pleated Fuchsia Evening Dress
£160.00

Zandra Rhodes 1970s Purple Silk Chiffon Vintage Dress

Zandra Rhodes Purple Floral Silk Chiffon Dress with Floor Length Train, c. 1970s-80s
£750.00

Emilio Pucci circa 1980 Swarovski Crystals Embellished Evening Dress

A spectacular Emilio Pucci couture evening dress, made from a printed silk organza and most opulently embroidered with sparkling Swarovski crystals and sequins.
£3,945.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Trompe l'Oeil Brown Vintage Maxi Dress

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a typical and instantly recognisable trompe l'oeil print in three shades of brown and black.
£505.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Trompe l'Oeil Red and Brown Maxi Dress

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a typical and instantly recognizable trompe l'oeil print in beige, light brown, dark red and black.
£505.00

Heinz Riva 1970s Geometric Floral Print Black Maxi Dress

Heinz Riva short sleeved black silk maxi dress with a graphic floral print in red, blue, green and blue
£610.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Geometric Print Navy Blue Maxi Dress

Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a geometric print and a shirt collar and long sleeves
£505.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Red Trompe l'Oeil Maxi Dress

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a beautiful autumnal leaf print in dark orange, two shades of red and black and signature "R" scattered throughout.
£505.00

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Trompe l'Oeil Maxi Dress

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a typical trompe l'oeil print in navy blue, grey, black, copper and orange.
£505.00

Louis Feraud 1960s Printed Purple Maxi Dress

An outstanding Louis Féraud maxi dress from the late 1960s with scarf collar and angel sleeves.
£570.00

Roberto Cavalli 1970s Printed Black Suede Dress

This is a stunning early Roberto Cavalli painted suede dress from the 1970s - truly outstanding and a very collectible piece.
£570.00

Louis Feraud 1970s Graphic Printed Black Maxi Dress

A spectacular Louis Féraud maxi dress from c. 1970 featuring a bold circle print in various shades of brilliant blue and grey.
£520.00

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