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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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Bob Mackie 1990s Nude Vintage Black Lace Dress

Bob Mackie Vintage 1990s Sequinned Nude & Black Lace Pointed Bodice Evening Gown
CHF 652.29

Anthony James Couture 1970s Vintage Peach Chiffon Dress

Anthony James Peach Chiffon & Macramé Balloon Sleeve Maxi Evening Gown, 1970s
CHF 456.60

Nina Ricci 1980s Black & Orange Vintage Evening Dress

Nina Ricci Vintage Strapless Polka Dot Taffeta & Linen Cocktail Party Dress, 1980s
CHF 260.92

Liberty of London 1970s Vintage Floral Maxi Dress

Vintage Floral Print Cotton & Green Silk Shantung Patchwork Maxi Dress, 1970s
CHF 234.82

Louis Feraud 1970s Haute Couture Vintage Silk Dress

Louis Féraud Haute Couture Brown Sheer Silk Chiffon & Bias Cut Satin Gown, 1970s
CHF 1 304.58

Swee Lo 1970s Pure Silk Beaded Vintage Evening Dress

A breathtaking vintage evening dress from the 70s by New York couturier and luxury designer, Swee Lo
CHF 365.28

Frank Usher 1970s Purple Jersey Vintage Pleated Dress

A breathtaking vintage evening gown from the 1970s by iconic British label, Frank Usher
CHF 234.82

Givenchy 1970s Black Jersey Vintage Maxi Dress

Givenchy Vintage 1970s Nouvelle Boutique Black Jersey Maxi Column Dress
CHF 587.06

Jean Varon 1970s Kimono Sleeve Vintage Maxi Dress

An incredible vintage evening dress from the 1970s by highly collectible and genius vintage designer Jean Varon
CHF 313.10

Bob Mackie 1980s Vintage Beaded Maxi Dress

Bob Mackie Black Bugle Beaded Evening Gown, 1980s
CHF 182.64

I Magnin 1980s Vintage Black Pleated Evening Dress

George F Couture Black & Gold Fortuny Pleat Beaded Evening Gown, 1980s
CHF 313.10

Valditevere 1970s Vintage Boho Maxi Dress

Valditevere Vintage Cotton Voile Blue & Yellow Floral Print Maxi Dress, 1970s
CHF 391.37

LOUIS FÉRAUD 1960s Vintage Neckholder Sun Dress Size S

This fun Louis Féraud sun dress from c. 1970 features a bold signature print in brilliant colors.
CHF 371.80

EMILIO PUCCI 1970s Vintage Couture Silk Jersey Maxi Evening Dress Size S

This amazing Emilio Pucci evening dress from approximately the early 1970s is made of the classic fine silk jersey with a floral graphic print.
CHF 1 108.89

Giulietta 1970s Red Velour Evening Dress

Vintage Scarlet Velvet Velour Deep Back Puff Sleeve Evening Dress, 1970s
CHF 260.92

Escada Couture 1990s Velvet Feather Trim Evening Dress

Escada Couture Vintage Feather Trim Beaded Black Velvet Evening Gown, 1990s
CHF 652.29

David Fielden 1980s Velvet Fishtail Evening Gown

David Fielden Vintage Black Velvet Butterfly Sleeve Plunging Back Evening Gown, 1980s
CHF 326.14

Yuki 1980s Purple Avant Garde Silk Dress

Yuki Architectural Purple & Red Silk Satin Couture Evening Dress, 1980s
CHF 521.83

Victoria Royal 1960s Peach Maxi Hand Beaded Gown

Victoria Royal Vintage Hong Kong Beaded Peach Chiffon Evening Gown, 1960s
CHF 391.37

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 678.38

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 652.29

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 450.08

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 430.51

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 1 363.28

THIERRY MUGLER 1990s Vintage Maxi Evening Dress Black Size S

A spectacular statuesque Thierry Mugler evening dress from the 1990s.
CHF 1 363.28

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 567.49

Janice Wainwright 1970s Chiffon & Jersey Maxi Dress

Janice Wainwright Peach Devore Chiffon & Jersey Asymmetric Maxi Dress, 1970s
CHF 260.92

La Mendola Peach Chiffon Cowl Neck Vintage Dress

La Mendola Vintage Peach Chiffon Cowl Neck Floral Print Maxi Gown, 1970s
CHF 469.65

Lanvin 1972 Documented Halterneck Maxi Dress Size M

An amazing Lanvin maxi dress from 1972 - what a perfect summer dress!
CHF 906.68

Neiman Marcus 1970s Rainbow Stripe Maxi Dress

Neiman Marcus Mexican Style Kaftan Mexican Rainbow Stripe Maxi Dress, 1970s
CHF 456.60

Gianni Versace 1990s Asymmetrical Evening Gown

A 1990s Gianni Versace Black Double Layered Rayon Jersey Knit Dress
CHF 782.75

Bruce Oldfield Couture 1990s Silk & Organza Black Gown

Bruce Oldfield Couture trompe l'oeil embroidered silk & organza strapless gown
CHF 417.46

Curiel Couture 1970s Black & Grey Printed Velvet Evening Gown

A Curiel Couture vintage black & grey printed velvet & chiffon evening gown, 1970s
CHF 521.83

Zandra Rhodes 1970s Purple Silk Chiffon Vintage Dress

Zandra Rhodes Purple Floral Silk Chiffon Dress with Floor Length Train, c. 1970s-80s
CHF 978.43

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.
CHF 5 107.42

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.
CHF 567.49

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.
CHF 567.49

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
CHF 678.38

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.
CHF 567.49

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.
CHF 567.49

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.
CHF 482.69

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.
CHF 515.31

Louis Feraud 1970s Graphic Printed Black Dress

A gorgeous Louis Féraud evening dress, c. 1970, featuring an iconic graphic print in bold colours - you'll make a showstopping entrance in this one!
CHF 450.08

Roberta Di Camerino 1970s Trompe l'Oeil Black Maxi Dress

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino maxi dress from the 1970s with a typical and instantly recognisable large-scale rose print in red and black.
CHF 567.49

Louis Feraud 1960s Printed Maxi Dress

A rare and fabulous Louis Féraud maxi dress from the late 1960s. It is made from a nylon jersey featuring a bold print in vibrant colours - various shades of blue, turquoise, pink and purple with graphic black lines.
CHF 482.69

Paul-Louis Orrier 1970s Floral Bodice Black Evening Gown

A wonderful, rare evening dress from Parisian designer Paul-Louis Orrier with countless intriguing details.
CHF 906.68

Gina Fratini 1970s Cotton Black Maxi Dress

A stunning and utterly romantic Gina Fratini peasant style maxi dress from the 1970's.
CHF 482.69

Moschino 1990s Crochet Beaded Fishnet Black Vintage Evening Dress

An iconic Moschino fishnet gown featuring a long crochet skirt with beaded fringes.
CHF 626.20

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