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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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GIANNI VERSACE Bodycon dress

GIANNI VERSACE Bodycon dress
47,341.60 (INR)

Murray Arbeid 1980s Red Flocked Velvet Vintage Gown

Murray Arbeid Red and Black Flocked Velvet and Taffeta Evening Dress, 1980s
14,852.27 (INR)

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Multicoloured Vintage Puffball Dress

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Multicolored Pouf Bustle Dress, 1980s
74,261.33 (INR)

Jean Varon 1970s Bohemian Vintage Maxi Dress

Jean Varon Vintage 1970s Brown Floral Cotton Balloon Sleeve Voile Dress
13,924.00 (INR)

JC de Castelbajac 1990s Op Art Dollar Print Vintage Dress

JC de Castelbajac Iconic Vintage Dollar Money Print White Jersey Sun Dress, 1990s
23,206.67 (INR)

Bob Mackie 1980s Beaded Vintage Little Black Dress

Bob Mackie Vintage Black Jersey Shift Dress with Trompe Loeil Beaded Dagger
32,489.33 (INR)

Vicky Tiel 1980s Metallic Silver Vintage Party Dress

An incredibly sexy and elegant vintage Vicky Tiel dress from the 1980s in a silver lame fabric.
36,666.53 (INR)

Vintage 1970s Boho Kimono Cotton Dress

Capriccio Vintage Cotton Kimono Sleeve Vibrant Multicoloured Dress, 1970s
23,206.67 (INR)

Louis Feraud 1980s Tiered Skirt Vintage Ruffle Dress

Louis Féraud Documented Vintage 1980s Strapless Satin Cocktail Party Dress
16,708.80 (INR)

Sophie Sitbon 1990s Mesh Cut Out Vintage Little Black Dress

Sophie Sitbon Black Crepe Off the Shoulder Cage Sleeve Little Black Dress, 1990s
23,206.67 (INR)

Bruce Oldfield 1980s Silk Chiffon Vintage Strapless Dress

Bruce Oldfield Vintage 1980s Cream Silk Chiffon Striped Strapless Party Dress
13,924.00 (INR)

Arnold Scaasi 1980s Nude Strapless Vintage Dress

Arnold Scaasi Vintage 1990s Nude & Black Floral Lace Mini Cocktail Party Dress
18,565.33 (INR)

Mignon 1980s Black Asymmetrical Vintage Party Dress

Mignon Vintage Black Sequin Silk Asymmetrical Origami One Shoulder Cocktail Party Dress, 1980s
25,991.47 (INR)

Valentino 1980s Feather Trimmed Vintage Evening Dress

An incredibly sexy vintage evening dress from the 1980s by legendary fashion house, Valentino
41,772.00 (INR)

Jean Patou 1960s Vintage Mod Shift Dress

Jean Patou Vintage 1960s Black Wool Sleeveless Mod Cocktail Shift Dress
32,489.33 (INR)

Zandra Rhodes 1980s Vintage Pink Cocktail Dress

Zandra Rhodes Ribbonwork on Lace & Printed Silk Taffeta Cocktail Dress, 1980s
25,991.47 (INR)

Moschino 1980s Vintage Novelty Appliqued Dress

Unworn Moschino Vintage 1980s Surrealist House Cream & Red Wool Blend Knit Dress
41,772.00 (INR)

LEONARD 1960s 1970s Vintage Printed Silk Dress Size S

This vintage Leonard dress from the late 1960s or early 1970s is made of a fine silk jersey with a detailed signature print in the most beautiful colours.
28,312.13 (INR)

Oscar De La Renta 1980s Black Party Vintage Dress

Oscar De La Renta Vintage Black Velvet & Lace Embroidered Party Dress, 1980s
32,489.33 (INR)

Odicini Couture 1990s Red Cocktail Party Dress

Odicini Couture Woven Red White & Black Ribbon Bardot Party Dress, 1990s
13,924.00 (INR)

Nina Ricci 1980s Green Velvet Vintage Party Dress

Nina Ricci Vintage Dark Green Velvet Swag Detail Evening Dress, 1980s
32,489.33 (INR)

Louis Feraud 1980s Puff Sleeve Polka Dot Evening Dress

A 1980s black & blue polka dot evening dress by Louis Feraud
25,991.47 (INR)

Halston 1970s Ultrasuede Peach Day Dress

A 1970s faux suede peach day dress by Halston
18,565.33 (INR)

Maggy Rouff 1960s Haute Couture Pink Mod Dress

Maggy Rouff Haute Couture Pink Wool Vintage Shift Dress, 1960s
48,269.86 (INR)

EMILIO PUCCI 1960s Vintage Signature Print Silk Dress Size XS-S

An exceptionally beautiful Emilio Pucci silk jersey dress featuring a graphic floral print with the iconic "Emilio" signature scattered throughout.
46,413.33 (INR)

YVES SAINT LAURENT c. 1970 Documented Day Dress Size S

A rare and documented Yves Saint Laurent day dress from 1970.
64,514.53 (INR)

LOUIS FÉRAUD 1960s Vintage Colourblock Mod Dress Size M-L

A rare Louis Féraud colourblock mod dress from the late 1960s with silver-tone metal embellishments.
47,805.73 (INR)

CHRISTIAN DIOR 1960s Vintage Brocade Cocktail Dress Size S-M

An exceptionally beautiful Christian Dior brocade cocktail dress from the 1960s.
60,801.46 (INR)

YVES SAINT LAURENT 1970s Vintage Secretary Dress Size S

This rare Yves Saint Laurent day dress from the 1970s is made of a dark blue crêpe with a graphic plaid print in white, red and green.
40,379.60 (INR)

EMILIO PUCCI 1970s Vintage Printed Silk Dress Size S

An especially beautiful vintage Emilio Pucci silk jersey dress featuring a fabulous floral print.
36,666.53 (INR)

GIVENCHY 1970s Vintage Green Jacquard Silk Dress Size XXS-XS

A superchic green jacquard silk dress by the house of Givenchy.
22,278.40 (INR)

LOUIS FÉRAUD c. 1969 Vintage Set Sleeveless Printed Dress w/ Scarf Size XS

A stunning Louis Féraud dress with matching scarf from c. 1969 featuring a bold graphic print in brilliant colors, with the Louis Féraud signature scattered throughout.
32,025.20 (INR)

PIERRE CARDIN 1960s Vintage Wool Dress w/ Belt Size S

A fabulous Pierre Cardin wool dress from c. 1967-1970 featuring a buttoned front and a circle detail at the center chest.
60,801.46 (INR)

Temperley London Pink & Black Silk Dress

Temperley London Silk Intarsia Knitted Pink & Black Short Sleeve Dress
18,565.33 (INR)

Vintage 1950s Nautical Theme Vintage Cotton Dress

Vintage 1950s Novelty Print Nautical Theme Brown & Green Cotton Shirtdress
12,995.73 (INR)

Gai Mattiolo Couture 1990s Jersey Dress with Mesh Panel

Gai Mattiolo Couture Black Jersey Evening Dress with Mesh Insert Panel, 1990s
12,995.73 (INR)

John Selby 1950s Red & Gold Panelled Dress

John Selby 1950s Vintage Red & Gold Brocade Jacquard Panelled Dress
41,772.00 (INR)

J Tiktiner for Harrods 1970s Ruffle Silk Jersey Dress

J Tiktiner for Harrods French Couture Vintage Silk Ruffle & Black Jersey Dress
23,206.67 (INR)

Marni 2010 Textured Short Sleeve Evening Dress

Marni Fuzzy Textured Gathered Silk Short Sleeve Party Dress, A/W 2010
32,489.33 (INR)

Yohji Yamamoto 1990s Charcoal Grey Coated Silk Dress With Draped Capelet Collar

A striking 1990s vintage Yohji Yamamoto avant garde coated silk dress
96,075.60 (INR)

Louis Feraud 1970s Red Long Sleeve Party Dress

Louis Féraud for Rembrandt Vintage Red Lurex Long Sleeve Knit Dress, 1970s
16,708.80 (INR)

Christian Lacroix 1990s Lace & Satin Crepe Dress

Christian Lacroix Vintage Black Lace & Satin Back Crepe Dress, 1990s
18,565.33 (INR)

Anne Valore 1960s Black Floral Embroidery Dress

A 1960s black sleeveless couture dress
14,852.27 (INR)

Valentino 1980s Vintage Wool Dress with Velvet Collar

Valentino Vintage Blue Wool Dress with Black Velvet Shawl Collar, 1980s
18,565.33 (INR)

Stefney 1940s Novelty Ribbon Print Vintage Dress

Stefney Vintage 1940s Novelty Ribbon Print White Rayon Dress
14,852.27 (INR)

Andrea Odicini 1980s Drop Waist Shift Dress

Andrea Odicini Cream & Brown Silk Drop Waist Shift Dress with Pussy Bow, 1980s
18,565.33 (INR)

Catherine Walker 1980s Navy Blue Ribbonwork Evening Dress

Catherine Walker Navy Blue Silk Ribbonwork & Crepe Couture Evening Dress, 1980s
25,991.47 (INR)

Guy Laroche 1980s Cotton Tulip Dress

A 1980s Guy Laroche Paris Boutique Green Dress
18,565.33 (INR)

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