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Designer & Vintage Midi Skirts

Probably the most versatile of skirts, the vintage midi skirt has a history just as intriguing as that of the mini. Entering the scene in the 1920s, the dance-friendly midi skirt frequented the new, decadent post-war party scene with a little help from designers like Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. In the 1940s and 1950s, the more formal tea-length midi skirt and the pencil skirt became popular, reflecting times of hardship and modesty. Fast forward a couple of decades and influential WWD editor John Fairchild declared 1970 “the year of the midi”, in an attempt to ban the “immoral and unladylike” mini skirt. Much to the customers despair, the fashion world obeyed and designers sketched skirts with hemlines of more “respectable” lengths. As women loved their newly found freedom with the mini and weren’t happy with being told what’s appropriate to wear, the “war of the hemline” began. In the 1990s the below-the-knee skirt made a brief return with the classic 1990s slip dress, and in later years the midi has gained a more lasting momentum in more imaginative styles.

OfV says: Looking beyond the ladylike 1950s New Look A-line skirt, the vintage midi skirt is a versatile wardrobe must-have catering for formal events and leisured days alike. A one-coloured pleated midi skirt lends a dressy element to a leisured t-shirt; a figure-hugging pencil skirt is the hero piece of power dressing; and a floral midi skirt is a recurring essential for summer. At Open for Vintage, we host decade-defining pieces and rare vintage finds from some of the most prominent designers in history. Consider a 1980s Celine knife pleat belted skirt to smarten up your everyday office attire; a 1970s Yves Saint Laurent evening ensemble with a statement skirt in metallic silk for an eye-catching party look; or a vintage 1950s hand-painted Mexican souvenir skirt adding a retro spin to your vacation wardrobe. Couple your favourite vintage midi skirt with an oversized shirt (tucked in on just one side) and slides for a contemporary fashion feel. Uncover enduring trends; retro prints, patterns and silhouettes; and ground-breaking conceptual cuts and volumes in our vintage midi skirts edit below.

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Einckhoff Modell 1960s Animal Print Ponyskin Skirt

Vintage 1960s Leopard Animal Print Ponyskin & Crochet Skirt
¥22,675

Max Mara Embossed Crock Look Leather Black Vintage Midi Skirt

Max Mara mini pencil skirt in imitation crocodile black leather
¥17,602

Maison Martin Margiela Black Viscose Wrap Skirt

Maison Margiela black viscose wrap style skirt with an asymmetrical hemline
¥13,055

Yves Saint Laurent Black Silky Skirt

YSL black silky knee length skirt with a pleated hem
¥11,001

Valentino Night 1980s Red Ruffled Skirt

Valentino Night collection shirt with a drop waist and pleated skirt
¥67,262

Romeo Gigli 1992 Pleated Wool Grey Skirt

Romeo Gigli museum held high waisted grey chevron pleated wool skirt, c.1992
¥18,140

Krizia 1980s Animal Series Leopard Print Brown Knitted Skirt Suit

Very rare vintage Krizia suit with a long knitted cardigan and matching knitted skirt
¥29,761

Gianfranco Ferre 1980s Baroque Print Beige Skirt and Top Set

Gianfranco Ferré jersey short sleeve skirt and blouse set
¥29,761

Gianfranco Ferre 1980s Metallic Top and Skirt Set

Gianfranco Ferré set with a beige wool skirt and a knitted turtleneck top with a metallic animal motif
¥32,738

Acne Studios White Cotton Midi Skirt

Acne Studios folded and shaped A line shite cotton skirt.
¥26,927

Chanel Boutique 1980s Pleated Black Skirt

Chanel Boutique mid length black skirt with a transparent pleated lower half
¥62,669

Moschino Jeans 1980s "Moschifo" Black and White Skirt

Moschino Jeans black and white gambling symbol print pencil skirt with button waist
¥62,669

Celine 1980s Purple Wool Midi Skirt

Celine 1980s midi skirt in purple wool.
¥32,738

Lanvin 1970s Purple Silk Satin Ruffle Skirt

Lanvin 1970s skirt in purple silk and satin with a ruffle detailing.
¥21,825

Escada 1980s Brown Pencil Skirt

Escada 1980s pencil skirt in brown and black wool.
¥22,321

Prada Purple Leather Ostrich Skirt

Prada skirt in purple ostrich leather.
¥80,675

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Pink Ruffle Detail Skirt

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche skirt in pink cotton with a ruffle detail at the front.
¥13,201

Vintage 1990s Western Ranch Style Coral Orange Skirt

1990s pencil shaped ranch style coral skirt with snap button front
¥18,884

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Silk Metallic Lame Evening Ensemble

A spectacular Yves Saint Laurent metallic silk lamé evening set consisting of a blouse and its matching pleated maxi skirt.
¥160,144

Emilio Pucci 1960s Printed Silk Skirt

A gorgeous Emilio Pucci silk skirt from the 1960s with the most beautiful print in vibrant shades of turquoise, blue and purple.
¥43,225

Jean Paul Gaultier pour GIBO 1980s Asymmetrical Wrap Black Skirt

A stunning Jean Paul Gaultier pour Gibo black midi skirt from the 1980s.
¥32,596

Norma Kamali 1980s to 1990s Black Parachute Skirt

A spectacular calf-length Norma Kamali parachute skirt made from gathered black nylon featuring a high waist with front zipper and light boning.
¥65,900

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Velvet Grey Evening Skirt

A stunning Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche evening skirt from the 1970s, made from a metallic dark silver grey devore velvet.
¥43,933

Vintage 1950s Hand Painted Floral Black Circle Skirt

1950's full gathered black skirt painted all over with a design of large lower heads, possibly anenomes and poppies with gold metallic accents
¥31,835 ¥31,887

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