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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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YVES SAINT LAURENT F/W 1976/77 Documented Skirt Size S

A rare and fabulous pleated midi skirt from Yves Saint Laurent's Fall/Winter collection 1976/77.

1980s Yves Saint Laurent YSL Colour Block Pleated Tiered Silk Skirt With Sash

A 1980s exceptional Yves Saint Laurent YSL Colour Block Pleated Tiered Midi Skirt with original sash

Bellville Sassoon 1980s Embroidered Silk Skirt

Belville Sassoon Asian Embroidered and Beaded Green Pure Silk Skirt, 1980s

Ara Modell 1980s Black Velvet Pencil Slit Skirt

Sophisticated black velvet pencil skirt with white satin lined slit by Ara Modell from the 1980s.

Guy Laroche 1990s Tulip Print Cotton Vintage Skirt

Guy Laroche Vintage Tulip Print Light Blue Cotton Pencil Skirt, 1990s

Nina Ricci 1970s Vintage Silk & Velvet Lamé Evening Skirt XS

A spectacular Nina Ricci evening skirt from the 1970s. The fabric is really unique and utterly divine - a fine black silk chiffon, flocked with the softest velvet and shot with metallic gold and silver lurex threads, forming a large-scale floral pattern in brilliant colours.

Krizia 1980s Animal Series Leopard Print Brown Knitted Skirt Suit

Very rare vintage Krizia suit with a long knitted cardigan and matching knitted skirt

Gianfranco Ferre 1980s Baroque Print Beige Skirt and Top Set

Gianfranco Ferré jersey short sleeve skirt and blouse set

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

Acne Studios White Cotton Midi Skirt

Acne Studios folded and shaped A line shite cotton skirt.

Chanel Boutique 1980s Pleated Black Skirt

Chanel Boutique mid length black skirt with a transparent pleated lower half

Moschino Jeans 1980s "Moschifo" Black and White Skirt

Moschino Jeans black and white gambling symbol print pencil skirt with button waist

Celine 1980s Purple Wool Midi Skirt

Celine 1980s midi skirt in purple wool.

Lanvin 1970s Purple Silk Satin Ruffle Skirt

Lanvin 1970s skirt in purple silk and satin with a ruffle detailing.

Escada 1980s Brown Pencil Skirt

Escada 1980s pencil skirt in brown and black wool.

Prada Purple Leather Ostrich Skirt

Prada skirt in purple ostrich leather.

Vintage 1990s Western Ranch Style Coral Orange Skirt

1990s pencil shaped ranch style coral skirt with snap button front

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.

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.

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.

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970s Tweed Wrap Brown Vintage Skirt

YSL Rive Gauche knee length speckled brown tweed skirt with wrap style front

Valentino 1990s Miss V Velvet Button Front Black Vintage Skirt

Valentino Miss V skirt in black silk velvet with a 7 button down front

Vintage 1970s Gathered Black Evening Skirt

Vintage 1970s evening skirt from John Charles Evening Wear

Lolita Lempika 1970s Pleated Yellow Vintage Midi Skirt

Lolita Lempika yellow skirt pleated from the zip close waistline

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