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Vintage Mini Dresses

Mini dresses are, alongside mini skirts, a fashion piece of controversy. Pioneered by British Designer Mary Quant andAndré Courrèges in France (the former who described the short hemline as “a way of rebelling”), mini dresses became a fashion must-have in 1964. Closely associated with the Chelsea pack of London’s Kings Road, the mini dress was named after Quant’s favourite car, the Mini, and though she has often been credited for inventing the decade-defining piece, André Courrèges was experimenting with shorter hemlines in Paris at the same time and began to show space-age dresses with skirts ending well above the knees. Twiggy is, many would say, the unrivalled mini dress muse, though above-the-knee dresses and skirts were endorsed by flapper girls already in the 1920s – most memorably by Josephine Baker and her mini skirt made of bananas. Other historical mini dress events to note are the launch of Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian dress in 1965; and the (not-so-virgin-like) white tulle mini dress worn by Madonna at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards.

Today, mini dresses have been cemented as party wear – particularly for clubbing and for the festive period, though they are frequently revisited by contemporary designers as daywear.

OfV says: Often made with stretchy materials or in A-line shapes, mini dresses are surprisingly flattering and versatile. At Open for Vintage we firmly believe that there is a mini style for all, and our edit of vintage mini dresses is there to prove it. The section spans rare vintage statement pieces like 1960s psychedelic printed mini dresses; contemporary pre-owned pop colour party dresses; and a vast array of classic LBD’s – all from some of the most coveted dress designers in history including Prada, Dior and Versace. Nod to the mod girls of Kings Road with a 1960s retro dress and a hard-cover plastic vintage box bag; lift a pre-owned designer party dress with an embellished clutch bag and a pair of peep toe Louboutin stilettos; or do the LBD the subtle way with barely-there ballerinas and a figure-flattering black blazer. Trending kitten heels and a rare designer patent tote bag will give your little black dress up-to-date fashion appeal.

 

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PACO RABANNE Liquid Silver Metallic Mini Dress Size S

A fabulous Paco Rabanne metallic slip-on party dress as worn by Kate Moss and Martha Hunt.
CHF 563.49

MOSCHINO 1990s Vintage Rainbow Mini Dress Size S

This iconic Moschino dress features a rainbow-coloured front and a solid black back.
CHF 425.75

1960s Blue Floral Mini Dress and Coat Set

Style Keyword : Coats Label 1 : Womens > Coats,Womens > HARELLA Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
CHF 807.11

Christian Dior Ivory dress

Style Keyword : Dresses Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > Christian Dior Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : 42
CHF 1 120.71

Versace Polka dot dress

Style Keyword : Dresses Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > VERSACE Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Pink, , Size : 44
CHF 313.05

Vicky Tiel Sequin & Ruched Silk Mini Party Dress

Vicky Tiel Pink Sequin & Ruched Silk Chiffon Evening Mini Party Dress
CHF 313.05

Terence Nolder 1980s Handkerchief Hem Vintage Dress

Terence Nolder Sequinned Silk Grey & Black Handkerchief Hem Evening Dress, 1980s
CHF 200.35

Guy Laroche 1980s Multicolored Cotton Peplum Flared Vintage Dress

Guy Laroche Vintage Multicolored Cotton Peplum Flared Dress, 1980s
CHF 200.35

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Baby Pink Linen Dress

A 1980s YSL Rive Gauche Pink Linen Dress
CHF 500.88

Tom Ford for Gucci S/S 2003 Mini Dress

Iconic Tom Ford for Gucci Japanese Print Jersey Knit Mini Dress, S/S 2003
CHF 1 064.36

Hanae Mori 1980s Hibiscus Print Purple Silk Dress

Hanae Mori purple vintage hibiscus print simple silk shift dress, 1980s
CHF 180.32

Junya Watanabe for Comme des Garcons 2014 Deconstructed Dress

This incredible example of Watanabe's work was featured as the penultimate piece in the 2014 runway show.
CHF 601.05

Kenzo 1990s Sleeveless Linen & Organza Dress

A 1990s Kenzo Black Linen & Flocked Organza Vintage Dress
CHF 180.32

Byblos 1990s Asymmetric Purple Linen Party Dress

Byblos Vintage Asymmetric Purple Linen Mini Party Dress, S/S 1992
CHF 250.44

Geoffrey Beene 1960s Orange Babydoll Mini Dress

A rare and uber-cute Geoffrey Beene mini dress from the 1960s featuring a sleeveless fitted bodice with a decorative button panel and a beautifully constructed mini skirt that falls in extra wide pleats.
CHF 651.14

Angelo Tarlazzi 1980s Black Silk Cocktail Dress

An amazing Angelo Tarlazzi cocktail dress made from beautifully draped black silk taffeta, with a row of bows on one side.
CHF 425.75

Louis Feraud 1960s Graphic Printed Black Dress

A gorgeous Louis Féraud dress from the late 1960s with a stunning four-leaf clover graphic print and the original belt.
CHF 450.79

Pierre Balmain 1960s Striped Gold & Metallic Blue Lurex Knitted Vintage Mini Dress

An amazing Pierre Balmain striped party dress from the late 1960s.
CHF 519.66

Moschino 1990s "Filosofia" Black Vintage Shift Dress

A gorgeous Moschino Cheap and Chic "Filosofia" mini dress from the 1990s made from two feathery light fabric layers.
CHF 250.44

Vintage 1960s Red & Navy Dogstooth Check Dress

Style Keyword : Dresses Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > NA Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : 8, 10
CHF 106.44

Vintage 1960s Shocking Pink Dress with Rhinestone Collar

Style Keyword : Dresses Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > NA Gender : Female Dial Colour : Pink Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Pink, , Size : 10
CHF 106.44

Lanvin 1970s Damask Brown Vintage Mini Dress

Lanvin mini shirt dress in patterned damask wool with full sleeves and button front
CHF 237.92

Vintage 1980s Frill Bustier Black and Pink Vintage Cocktail Dress

1980's cocktail dress by Tomasz Starzewski with a pink fold over bodice with a black velvet bow
CHF 425.75

Moschino Green gold tone hardware Dress

Style Keyword : Dresses Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > MOSCHINO Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, ,
CHF 487.55 CHF 601.05

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