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Vintage Midi Dresses

Of all the skirted items in our wardrobes, a midi dress is probably the most worn and enjoyed.  It is a great choice for night and day, work and play and its length makes it the most versatile of all gowns as designers throughout the 20th century have proved.  In shape, fabric, colour and style the choices to be found in vintage midi dresses is boundless.  We defy any woman to find a dress in the shops today without seeing the ghost of its vintage dress grandmother still present. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, as skirts lifted off the ground, women realised what they’d been missing. During the First World War, while the men were away, women entered roles never previously considered, and this new workforce needed their everyday clothes to become practical to suit their new working lives.  Today, this remains too true with midi dresses often worn as a great option for work when you want to wear one.  Once the skirts had lifted, there was really no bringing them back down to the ground, unless to a ball, and the 1920's and designers such as Coco Chanel and Jean Patou created a new athletic aesthetic of young athletic bodies in columnar simple dresses.  The below the knee and mid-calf length dresses of the 1920’s and the following 1930’s and 1940’s demonstrated how truly elegant this length of dress can be with shift dresses, layered dresses, tea dresses, coat dresses and shirt dresses in beautiful fabrics from sheer layered chiffons to shining lamé and printed cottons to shimmering satins.

In contrast, midi dresses of the 1950’s offer an entirely different aesthetic.  Christian Dior and his ‘New Look’ of 1947 took full effect in the 1950’s with expanding skirts and nipped in waists. Dior had wanted to emulate the femininity of the 1930’s before War put practicality first.  Now, ration books went out the window as yards of fabric were cut to create this new fabulous silhouette.  Yet, as the decade progressed and moved into the 1960’s femininity could be expressed in an entirely opposing way with skirts with hemlines narrower than the hips, creating the iconic ‘wiggle’ effect on curvaceous figure like Marilyn Monroe as they walked.  For those without the prefect hip to bottom ratio, the 1970’s offered a new and refreshing alternative with Diane von Furstenburg’s wrap dresses in bold simple prints. Introduced in 1974, this is a style of dress which has proved such a hit that its popularity is really yet to fade.  Whatever your favourite midi dress shape or style, find a perfect example from every decade on the Open for Vintage rails.

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Vintage 1950s Embroidered Organza White Party Dress

1950s full skirted sleeveless party dress embroidered all over with bands of green and blue floral designs and with a blue waist bow
19,172.73 (INR)

Vintage 1960s Red, White, & Blue Sailor Mod Dress

1960's sailor style mod dress in white with blue and red trim and braided belt
16,183.02 (INR)

Neiman Marcus 1980s Printed Jacquard Bubble Skirt Dress

David warren for Neiman Marcus brown and white floral print black jacquard short sleeve bubble dress
21,122.47 (INR)

Vintage 1950s Sheer Micro Pleat Lace Bodice Black Midi Dress

1950s sleeveless midi dress with a nude lace bodice covered with a sheer pleated round neck top.
19,172.73 (INR)

Kamehameha 1950s Burnt Orange Tiki Dress and Bolero

1950's Tiki dress with a gathered waist to one side in a faux wrap style with matching short sleeve bolero
58,168.39 (INR)

Vintage 1950s Hawaiian Print Red and Blue Shift Dress

1950's shift dress with a red and blue Hawaiian print
14,623.06 (INR)

Vintage 1960s Sequinned and Beaded Pale Blue Knitted Dress

1960s sleeveless knitted pale bue dress covered all over with sequins with a darker blue floral design to the bodice
32,171.57 (INR)

Vintage 1960s Gold Lame Cocktail Dress

Metallic gold sleeveless cocktail dress with silver beading detail to the hem and neckline
19,172.73 (INR)

Vintage 1950s Beaded Black Cocktail Dress

1950s full skirted cocktail dress with a shaped edged lace piece neckline
32,431.14 (INR)

Vintage 1970s Floral Print Orange Midi Dress

1970s midi dress in various orange floral print fabrics with handkerchief sleeves and hemline
14,623.06 (INR)

Vintage 1970s Black and Blue Stripe Sweater Knitted Dress

1970's long sleeved black knitted dress with wide and narrow blue stripes
17,873.19 (INR)

Vintage 1970s Black Crochet Dress

1970's black crochet dress with long sleeves and a tie waist
14,623.06 (INR)

Marie Caillot 1960s Haute Couture Beaded Black Vintage Shift Dress

A wonderful Haute Couture dress from Parisian designer Marie Caillot. The dress is made of a very unusual fabric - a slightly sheer black silk crepe that is flocked and encrusted with glitter in parts.
35,511.32 (INR)

Yves Saint Laurent 1960s to 1970s Floral Silk Black Evening Coat or Dress

An outstanding, rare and very, very special Yves Saint Laurent evening coat.
194,466.77 (INR)

Louis Feraud 1980s Flower Petal Print White Dress

Louis Féraud dress with faux double breasted button front and short sleeves
25,672.15 (INR)

Vintage 1960s Sequined Jacquard Green Midi Dress

1960's sleeveless dress with a sequinned drop waist bodice and deep V back
21,122.47 (INR)

Pauline Trigere 1980s Calla Lilly Black Silk Dress

Pauline Trigère long full sleeved dress with a print of large calla lillies in white and red
22,747.54 (INR)

Lanvin 1980's Flower and Leaf Print White Midi Dress

Vintage Lanvin midi dress with long sleeves and a detachable belt and scarf
47,119.30 (INR)

Vintage 1920s Trompe L'Oeil Rhinestone Bow Red Midi Dress

1920's sleeveless sheer midi dress with a wide waistband and a trompe l'oeil bow in rhinestones around the neckline
34,121.31 (INR)

Vintage 1950s Two-Tone Orange Midi Dress

1950's sleeveless midi dress with a gathered skirt and a bow front waist
32,171.57 (INR)

Vintage 1960s Black Lace Cocktail Dress

1960's cocktail dress with long sleeves with flared cuffs
15,923.45 (INR)

Vintage 1950s Navy Blue and Ivory Polka Dot Dress

1950's polka dot dress with a full gathered skirt and a short sleeved ruched bodice
19,172.73 (INR)

Vintage 1930s Knotted Ribbon Work Pink Dress

Pink knitted ribbon wokr dress with short sleeves and a shaped neckline
32,171.57 (INR)

Vintage 1950s Lace Tiered Black Cocktail Dress

1950's layered lace sleeveless dress with narrow straps and a wide waist band and bow to the back
25,672.15 (INR)

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